Sleeve Gastrectomy in Thailand: Your Path to Wellness with Rattinan Medical Center

Sleeve Gastrectomy in Thailand

Embarking on a transformative weight loss journey begins with choosing the right destination for your sleeve gastrectomy, and Thailand stands out as a premier choice. Renowned for combining medical expertise with cost-effective care, Thailand has become a hub for this life-changing procedure. The country’s medical facilities, equipped with state-of-the-art technology and staffed by internationally trained bariatric surgeons, offer a level of service that rivals the best in the world.

Opting for sleeve gastrectomy in Thailand not only means benefiting from the knowledge and experience of top-tier medical professionals but also enjoying the serene beauty and rich culture of Thailand as you recuperate. This seamless blend of quality healthcare and a therapeutic environment ensures that your journey towards a healthier, more vibrant life is as smooth and successful as possible.

Introduction to Sleeve Gastrectomy and Its Benefits

Sleeve gastrectomy, also known as the gastric sleeve surgery, is a highly effective bariatric procedure that has gained popularity worldwide for individuals struggling with obesity and seeking a permanent weight loss solution. This procedure involves removing approximately 80% of the stomach, leaving a tube-shaped stomach about the size of a banana. The result is a significant reduction in the amount of food that can be consumed at one time, helping patients achieve and maintain substantial weight loss.

Benefits of Sleeve Gastrectomy

  1. Significant Weight Loss: Most patients experience a dramatic reduction in weight, often losing 60-70% of their excess weight within the first year after surgery.
  2. Health Improvement: Conditions associated with obesity, such as type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, sleep apnea, and joint pain, are often significantly improved or resolved following sleeve gastrectomy.
  3. Hormonal Changes: The surgery leads to hormonal changes that can decrease hunger, increase feelings of fullness, and improve the body’s ability to regulate blood sugar.
  4. Enhanced Quality of Life: Weight loss and health improvements typically lead to a better quality of life, increased mobility, higher self-esteem, and a more active lifestyle.
  5. Durability: Sleeve gastrectomy provides a long-term weight loss solution, with many patients maintaining their weight loss for five years or more post-surgery.

The Importance of Selecting the Right Clinic for the Surgery

Choosing the right clinic and surgical team for a sleeve gastrectomy is crucial for several reasons:

  1. Expertise and Experience: A clinic with a seasoned team of bariatric surgeons, who are well-versed in sleeve gastrectomy, ensures that you are receiving care from professionals who understand the complexities of the surgery and are equipped to handle any complications.
  2. Accreditation and Standards: Clinics with international healthcare accreditations adhere to strict standards of care, hygiene, and patient safety, providing reassurance that you are in good hands.
  3. Comprehensive Care: A clinic that offers a holistic approach to bariatric surgery, including pre-operative education, nutritional counseling, and post-operative support, is essential for long-term success.
  4. Patient Outcomes: Clinics with a track record of successful patient outcomes can provide peace of mind that you are likely to achieve your weight loss and health goals.
  5. Personalized Care: Choosing a clinic that prioritizes personalized patient care ensures that your specific needs and concerns are addressed, making your weight loss journey as comfortable and effective as possible.

In conclusion, sleeve gastrectomy offers a transformative path to significant weight loss and improved health. However, the success of this journey largely depends on selecting the right clinic, one that combines expertise, comprehensive care, and a commitment to patient safety and satisfaction, like Rattinan Medical Center in Thailand.

Rattinan Medical Center's Legacy and Expertise in Sleeve Gastrectomy

At Rattinan Medical Center, located in the heart of Bangkok, we are proud to be at the forefront of sleeve gastrectomy in Thailand, setting a benchmark for excellence and innovation in bariatric surgery. Our clinic’s legacy, grounded in decades of expertise and dedication, is highlighted by the distinguished career of Dr. Panot Yimcharoen. A visionary in the field, Dr. Panot has elevated our practice with skills honed at the prestigious Cleveland Clinic in the United States. His approach to bariatric surgery is not just about performing a procedure; it’s about sculpting a path to wellness tailored to each patient’s unique health profile.

Why Choose Rattinan Medical Center for Sleeve Gastrectomy:

  • Premium Service: From your first consultation through to your post-operative care, our team is committed to providing close, personalized attention without the long wait times typically associated with high-caliber medical services.
  • Expert Guidance: Dr. Panot, alongside our team of American-trained bariatric surgeons, offers unparalleled expertise. We are one of the few centers where every technique in sleeve gastrectomy is mastered and practiced, ensuring the best possible outcomes for our patients.
  • Innovative Techniques: Our clinic is renowned for the exclusive Triple Lock Technique, a testament to our commitment to safety and excellence in sleeve gastrectomy. This technique, developed to enhance the strength and integrity of the gastric sleeve, minimizes the risk of staple-line leaks, a common concern in bariatric surgery. By applying a layer of high-strength dissolvable sutures and bioadhesive on top of the stapled gastric edge, we ensure a significantly reinforced, leak-resistant sleeve.
  • State-of-the-Art Facilities: Operated within a hospital network that meets international standards (BDMS), our clinic is equipped with the latest technology, ensuring every procedure is performed under optimal conditions.
  • Comprehensive Care: Beyond the surgery, our care extends to a holistic support system, including nutritional advice, psychological support, and a dedicated follow-up program, ensuring you remain on track towards achieving your health goals.

Choosing Rattinan Medical Center for your sleeve gastrectomy in Bangkok means entrusting your journey to a team that not only understands the technical aspects of weight loss surgery but also values the profound impact it has on a person’s life. Here, we don’t just see patients; we see individuals with unique stories, and we’re dedicated to being a part of your transformative journey to better health.

The Triple Lock Technique:

A cornerstone of our practice is the Triple Lock Technique, a unique surgical enhancement developed and exclusively practiced at Rattinan Medical Center. This technique is applied during sleeve gastrectomy procedures to significantly reduce the risk of one of the most concerning complications: staple-line leaks. 

The Triple Lock Technique involves three critical steps:

  1. Staple Reinforcement: After the stomach is stapled, a layer of high-strength, dissolvable sutures is applied along the staple line, reinforcing the initial seal.
  2. Bioadhesive Application: A medical-grade bioadhesive is then applied over the sutured area, creating an additional protective barrier against leaks.
  3. Pressure Testing: Finally, the sleeve is pressure-tested intraoperatively to ensure its integrity and leak resistance.

This meticulous approach not only enhances patient safety but also promotes faster healing and a smoother recovery process.

Post-Operative Care and Follow-Up Procedures:

At Rattinan Medical Center, our commitment to patient care extends far beyond the operating room. Post-operative care is a critical component of our program, encompassing pain management, nutritional counseling, and psychological support to ensure a successful recovery and long-term weight management.

Patients are provided with a comprehensive follow-up plan, tailored to their specific needs, which includes regular check-ups, dietary guidance, and access to a support group. This ongoing care is crucial for monitoring the patient’s health, adjusting as necessary to new dietary requirements, and providing encouragement and support throughout their weight loss journey.

Our Doctor

Dr. Panot Yimcharoen

Dr. Panot Yimcharoen

Chief Bariatric Surgeon

Dr. Setthasiri Pantanakul

Dr. Setthasiri Pantanakul

MIS Surgeon

Dr. Dudsadee Surakitbowon

Dr. Dudsadee Surakitbowon

MIS Surgeon

Dr. Krittin Ousirimaneechai

Dr. Krittin Ousirimaneechai


Dr. Suchada Prapruettham

Dr. Suchada Prapruettham


Dr. Nattakhan Hoontanee



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Thai Hospitality and Care at Rattinan Medical Center

Rattinan Medical Center is not just a place for medical procedures; it’s a sanctuary where Thai hospitality meets world-class healthcare. Our unique approach to patient care and hospitality ensures that every individual’s journey is as comfortable and stress-free as possible, making Rattinan Medical Center the preferred choice for sleeve gastrectomy in Thailand.

The Unique Thai Approach to Patient Care and Hospitality

Thai culture is renowned worldwide for its gracious hospitality, and at Rattinan Medical Center, we embody this in every aspect of our patient care. From the moment you step into our center, you’re treated with warmth, respect, and kindness. Our staff, from surgeons to nurses and administrative personnel, are not only highly skilled but also genuinely caring and compassionate. We believe that healing begins with feeling valued and supported, and our team goes above and beyond to ensure you feel at home.

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Additional Services for International Patients

Understanding that traveling abroad for medical procedures can be daunting, Rattinan Medical Center offers a comprehensive range of services tailored specifically for international patients. Our goal is to make your medical journey in Thailand as seamless and comfortable as possible.

  • Language Support: We offer assistance in multiple languages, including English and Chinese, ensuring that language barriers do not hinder your care. Our multilingual team is here to assist you with all your needs, from medical inquiries to everyday conversations.
  • Accommodation Arrangements: Our Beauty Consultant is available to assist or suggest accommodation options that suit your preferences and budget. Whether you’re looking for a serene retreat or a centrally located hotel, we can help you find the perfect place to recuperate and relax.

At Rattinan Medical Center, we pride ourselves on offering not just medical treatment but a healing experience, enveloped in the warmth and care that Thailand is famous for. Our dedication to excellence, combined with the unique Thai approach to hospitality, ensures that your health journey is in the best hands.

Comprehensive Sleeve Gastrectomy Care

at Rattinan Medical Center

At Rattinan Medical Center, we’re not just experts in sleeve gastrectomy – we’re pioneers. Dr. Panot Yimcharoen, with his extensive 30-year career as a bariatric surgeon, has honed his skills with a two-year specialization at the prestigious Cleveland Clinic. Under his leadership, we offer a range of sleeve gastrectomy options, each designed to fit our patients’ unique health needs.

Types of Sleeve Gastrectomy Available:

1. Sleeve Gastrectomy Surgery

Sleeve gastrectomy is one of the standard stomach surgery methods certified by several medical institutions worldwide. It is an alternative treatment for those who are obese and suffer from chronic diseases due to obesity. The procedure can be performed from the age of 15 and up with medical, pediatrician, and parental consent regarding the benefits and potential risks.

The sleeve method involves removing approximately 75%-80% of the stomach, including the part that produces the hormone that controls hunger. This leads to reduced food intake and can result in significant weight loss of 40-60% from the initial weight. Moreover, it can also reduce the severity of diseases such as diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and sleep apnea.

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Gastric Bypass

2. Gastric Bypass Surgery

Gastric Bypass, or Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass (RYGB), is the most standard form of surgery and also the most effective method for weight loss. It utilizes a laparoscopic technique that involves small incisions, similar to other methods.

However, it includes a partial bypass of the intestine that absorbs sugars, allowing for more significant and sustained weight loss. This procedure also prevents high pressure in the stomach, making it suitable for patients with gastroesophageal reflux disease, diabetes, or those who are not candidates for sleeve gastrectomy.

3. Overstitch Endoscopic Weight Loss Surgery without Abdominal Scarring

The Overstitch endoscopic weight loss procedure is a non-invasive technique that does not leave abdominal scars. In this method, an endoscopic sleeve gastroplasty is performed by inserting a device through the mouth (Endoscopic sleeve gastroplasty by Overstitch) to suture the stomach with special threads instead of removing a portion of the stomach. The advantages include weight loss without abdominal wounds, a faster recovery, and it also effectively reduces the risk of various diseases such as diabetes, high blood pressure, sleep apnea, and fatty liver disease.

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4. The Gastric Balloon: A Non-Invasive Weight Loss Solution

The gastric balloon procedure is a modern, non-surgical approach in the field of bariatric treatment, designed to serve as an intermediate step between traditional diet-exercise regimes and more complex bariatric surgeries. During this straightforward procedure, a deflated balloon is introduced into the stomach via the mouth while the patient is under light sedation — a gentle alternative to general anesthesia. Once in place, the balloon is filled with a saline solution, and the patient can usually return home the same day, with minimal downtime required.

This balloon remains in the stomach for up to 12 months, serving as a temporary tool to help control portion sizes and facilitate weight loss. After a year, or as per FDA guidelines, the balloon is removed, paving the way for long-term lifestyle changes and sustained weight management.

5. Sleeve Plus with Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy and Proximal Jejunostomy Bypass: A Cutting-Edge Technique

Sleeve Plus now incorporates the advanced procedure of Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy combined with Proximal Jejunostomy Bypass, marking a significant evolution in gastric surgery. This refined approach not only facilitates more substantial weight loss than the conventional sleeve gastrectomy but also simplifies the process compared to traditional gastric bypass methods. By integrating the proximal jejunostomy bypass, Sleeve Plus further minimizes post-operative complications, notably reducing the risks of Dumping syndrome and vitamin deficiencies. This combination offers a less invasive, yet highly effective bariatric surgery option for those seeking comprehensive weight loss solutions.

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6. Adjustable Gastric Banding: Previously a common procedure, now less favored due to advancements in other techniques.

7. Single Port Surgery: A minimally invasive procedure performed through a single small abdominal incision.

Dr. Panot Yimcharoen’s expertise is evident in the meticulous care and personalized treatment plans provided to each patient. Our approach goes beyond the operation, focusing on a holistic transformation that empowers you to embrace a healthier lifestyle.

Nutritional and Psychological Support:

After sleeve gastrectomy, a patient’s journey to wellness continues with comprehensive support. At Rattinan Medical Center, we ensure a smooth transition to your new lifestyle with our robust nutritional and psychological support services. Our experienced dietitians and counselors provide tailored guidance to help you adjust to your new dietary needs and support you through the emotional aspects of your weight loss journey.

  • Personalized Consultation: Our premium services begin with a detailed consultation to understand your unique needs.
  • Expert Surgical Team: We provide direct care from a team of skilled bariatric surgeons, ensuring your procedure is performed with the highest standards of safety and expertise.
  • Post-Operative Care: Following your surgery, we conduct thorough post-operative tests, such as a barium swallow test, to ensure your safety before discharge.
  • Continuous Support: Our care extends well beyond the hospital stay, with follow-up services that include a private group for advice and support up to two years post-surgery.

By choosing Rattinan Medical Center, you’re not just receiving medical treatment; you’re gaining a lifelong partner in your health and wellness journey.

Cost-Effectiveness without Compromising Quality at Rattinan Medical Center

Opting for a sleeve gastrectomy in Thailand offers significant savings, costing approximately $7,000 USD, which is notably less than what you might spend domestically. In contrast, undergoing this procedure in Australia could cost about $15,500 USD. Meanwhile, the price in Korea stands at $11,290 USD.

At Rattinan, the starting price of $10,801 USD for a sleeve gastrectomy is all-inclusive, covering a comprehensive health check, a minimum of 4 nights in a recovery room, a tailored meal program, and access to a private chat for ongoing support.

Atmosphere Rattinan Medical Center

Clean, safe and meet international standards

Class A surgical facility
Along with a team of expert doctors
Established 1999, over 24 years of experience

Accredited by AACI (American Accreditation Commission International) 2021- current

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