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New Laser Assisted Cataract Surgery Is Superior -- Where In Thailand?

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chiang mai    12,592

cataract surgery in Thailand runs from THB40k to THB 60K per eye, at a private hospital in BKK, far cheaper equally as effective options exist in government or semi government hospitals in places such as CM.

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chiang mai    12,592

Just to put things into perspective: cataract surgery is not rocket science, it's one of the simpler procedures that can be done inexpensively in order to relieve suffering, the risks are very low. Why in that case would anyone opt to spend thousands of Dollars to get it done using the latest technology or indeed spend similar and get it done at private hospitals when far cheaper and equally effective options exist? Seems to me this is akin to wanting to use only gold plated scissors to cut your toenails when a bog standard pair made out of steel will do the job just as well.

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Jingthing    34,231

cataract surgery in Thailand runs from THB40k to THB 60K per eye, at a private hospital in BKK, far cheaper equally as effective options exist in government or semi government hospitals in places such as CM.

There are different levels of lenses and the biggest choice (and cost difference) is between single focus and multi-focus.

Regarding the extra cost for laser assisted and whether it is worth it, that's an area of controversy both with patients, health care providers, and insurance payers (in countries which pay for these procedures). Because it is new and yes always going to be more expensive. People should do their own research and make up their own minds.

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Jingthing    34,231

OK, another update on this. Sort of exciting news. I got word from the femtosecond machine company that these machines ARE being installed at multiple hospitals in Thailand and news about exactly which ones will come later, perhaps in about two months. That means at least TWO locations in Thailand. Maybe more. Surely they are trying to sell more. More news later.

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geriatrickid    14,051

The downside of Indian medical procedures is that is one is more likely to have complications and a serious secondary infection.

There is no need to go to India for the procedure and the existing procedures are tried and true. The improvements claimed from the new "laser" approach are not clinically significant. Cataract surgey is relatively cheap in Thailand and even in the west. In Canada it is available as a private option for $2000- $2500 at private outpatient clinics (or for free under the medicare system if you don't mind waiting 6 months or so.) In the EU, the procedure is readily available with minimal wait times. Why then would anyone even consider India? The laser procedures are backed by the equipment manufacturers that push their products like car manufacturers tout their new models. In any case, who wants to be one of the 1st patients? I'd rather wait a couple years and see if there are complications. Of more importance is that the replacement lenses used can now include corrective construction so that eyesight is improved more.

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Jingthing    34,231

Well as they will now have this technology in Thailand, I see no reason to consider India. I agree waiting some time until the docs are up to speed would be wise. I also think choosing a good surgeon in the first place is still very important, no matter what technology used. I think there are pros and cons to the femtosecond but I do believe it's going to become widely used.

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Thanyaburi Mac    888

A friend had cataract surgery for one eye at Rutnin this past Thursday, 21 June, here's his note:

"Total out the door today 73,600THB Lens was 26,000THB. Lots of take home meds as well. The lens is the newest single vision (Toric) lens available for my astigmatism. The Dr cost 18,700THB."

Mac

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JimmyTheMook    230

They have this in BPH , it is 200,000 baht ; promotional price

Dutch guy I know did it and it and is having complications with dry eyes and night halos.

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Jingthing    34,231

They have this in BPH , it is 200,000 baht ; promotional price

Dutch guy I know did it and it and is having complications with dry eyes and night halos.

I am pretty certain you're not talking about what I'm talking about. I'm talking about femtosecond laser assisted cataract surgery. (It's only used for the first part of the surgery.) I'm guessing you're talking about a popular procedure at BPH -- Super Sight Surgery. Dr. Somchai has been doing what he calls "Super Sight Surgery" for many years, even before the technology for femtosecond laser assisted cataract surgery even EXISTED. He seems to be promoting it mostly to people in their 40s who are starting to need reading glasses, no the usual patient profile for cataract surgery. Edited by Jingthing

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Jingthing    34,231

A friend had cataract surgery for one eye at Rutnin this past Thursday, 21 June, here's his note:

"Total out the door today 73,600THB Lens was 26,000THB. Lots of take home meds as well. The lens is the newest single vision (Toric) lens available for my astigmatism. The Dr cost 18,700THB."

Mac

An excellent place to go. It will be interesting to know when Rutnin adopts the femtosecond laser for cataract. I say when because I'm certain they will eventually. I'd expect places like Bumrungrad to be earlier though. Edited by Jingthing

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Jingthing    34,231

Lasic laser surgury works just fine ..... no need to pay up for a newer version

Laser lasic surgery is an excellent technology. It has NOTHING to do with initial treatment for cataracts! I think many people are confused about that. But believe me, it doesn't.

That said, many cataract patients (having the new permanent implanted lens now) need a SECOND procedure later to zap out some post surgery clouding. Typically a year or two later if needed. That IS done with laser tech. Nothing new about that.

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The downside of Indian medical procedures is that is one is more likely to have complications and a serious secondary infection.

There is no need to go to India for the procedure and the existing procedures are tried and true. The improvements claimed from the new "laser" approach are not clinically significant. Cataract surgey is relatively cheap in Thailand and even in the west. In Canada it is available as a private option for $2000- $2500 at private outpatient clinics (or for free under the medicare system if you don't mind waiting 6 months or so.) In the EU, the procedure is readily available with minimal wait times. Why then would anyone even consider India? The laser procedures are backed by the equipment manufacturers that push their products like car manufacturers tout their new models. In any case, who wants to be one of the 1st patients? I'd rather wait a couple years and see if there are complications. Of more importance is that the replacement lenses used can now include corrective construction so that eyesight is improved more.

Just a simple question,...please supply information or tags where information can be gleaned that you are more likely to have complications or serious secondary infections having this (eye) or general surgery in India,as you have stated

You also state "why anyone would consider India"?, probably costings ,if you wish to compare, why would anybody go elsewhere? Go compare

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Gladiator    58

How much does regular cataract surgery cost here in Thailand?

RAM Hospital Chiang Mai

A little while ago I had this procedure performed to remove the cateract and replace an artificial lens in one of my eyes. Still have to get he other sorted - but in time.

For those of you who may be in the same situation the following is the cost that I incurred but subject your own situaion it may differ according to your own circumstances.

I acknowledge that there are other hospitals where this procedure may be performed at a cheaper price but I am a long time user of RAM and have confidence in the surgeons and the facilities.

Both my age and possession of a VIP card attracted a discount but the overall cost was 43,000 baht for the procedure to be performed on one eye. This included a full physical examination before the surgery. The operation lasted approximately 30 minutes and although uncomfortable, I experienced no pain.

The following morning I returned to the Eye Specialist and was able to read the eye chart with my right eye from top to bottom without difficulty.

Gladiator

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