Orthopaedic Surgery in Thailand
What does orthopaedic surgery cost in Thailand?
What is orthopaedic surgery?
Orthopaedic surgery is a specialty field of surgical medicine concerned with correcting disorders of the musculoskeletal system i.e. bones, cartilage, ligaments and tendons.
Orthopaedic surgery is a traditional, yet highly demanded, medical field covering all surgeries from tendon repairs to joint (bone, cartilage and ligament) replacements. Orthopaedic surgery is well-suited to patients who have suffered a severe joint injury in such a way that regenerative medicine is not indicated (e.g. Bone fractures or ligament detachments). Orthopaedic surgery cost is typically quite high in Australia compared to equivalent surgeries provided in other countries, including Thailand, Russia and Malaysia.
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Frequently Asked Questions:
Who are SkyGen’s partnered Orthopaedic Surgeons?
“All of our partnered orthopaedic surgeons are internationally sought-after for their surgical speciality”
All orthopaedic surgeons, both in Australia and abroad, are highly qualified surgical doctors. Typically, orthopaedic surgeons have completed a two to three year (Australia) or four year (America, UK) undergraduate medical degree and four years of education at medical school before undergoing a five-year residency for orthopaedic surgery specialty training. This residency is highly competitive and only the most competent, experienced and notable specialists are accepted for further training, called fellowships, after completing their residency.
All of SkyGen‘s affiliated Orthopaedic Surgeons have completed postgraduate fellowships in their speciality within orthopaedics i.e. hand, knee, shoulder. As an example, our preferred knee and shoulder surgeon, Dr. Prachan Banchasuek, holds a Fellowship in Sports Medicine from John Hopkins University Medical Institute (Baltimore, USA) and a Fellowship in Adult Reconstruction & Sports Medicine from the ITK Institute (New York, USA) and is responsible for 150-200 total knee reconstructions every year; more knee surgeries than any other orthopaedic surgeon in Thailand.
What does Orthopaedic Surgery cost in Australia vs. Thailand?
The price or orthopaedic surgery in Bangkok is approximately only 50% of what you would pay at a similar standard private hospital in Australia or New Zealand. The price of orthopaedic surgery depends on two things: 1) The hospital’s location and healthcare economy (Aus/NZ/Thai), and 2) the type of surgery.
1) The Location of the Hospital and surgeons
At private surgeries in Australia, the cost of orthopaedic surgery is calculated based on the time required in theatre, the cost of the implants and medical devices, the salaries of the nurses, the ancillary costs of running a clinic in Australia, Australian medical indemnity and liability insurance etc. the list goes on.
It’s quite expensive to provide high-standard orthopaedic care in Australia. It’s not the doctors’ fault, it’s simply a premium we pay to stay in Australia for our private medical care. In most cases, these medical centre costs are worn by you, the patient.
In other countries, where the cost of providing high-standard healthcare is significantly lower, these savings are organically passed down to patients. The surgeons are just as impressive, the surgeries are of the highest internationally recognised standards and the healthcare culture in these countries (particularly in Thailand) results in every patient feeling supported, nurtured and cared for. Being an private orthopaedic patient in Australia can be expensive, unless you own a passport.
2) The Type of Orthopaedic Surgery
Depending on the specific joint concerned and its condition, the price of orthopaedic surgery can vary slightly. For example, the cost of a knee replacement is generally less than the cost of a hip replacement. Although many osteoarthritic joints are typically quite similar between patients, bony and cartilage debris, ligament tears and other tendonopathies can also complicate treatment, resulting in a larger price tag on surgery.
A patient with a high body mass index (BMI) or associated metabolic or cardiovascular issues is also seen as a high-risk patient in Australia. In Australia, it is quite rare that non-standard cases are treated in private healthcare system and covered by private health insurance policies.
Conversely, at Bangpakok 9 Hospital in in Bangkok Thailand, Australian patients (even despite their size of complicated illnesses) are suitably assessed, diagnosed and accommodated for by advanced surgical teams and the required specialists (cardiovascular specialists, endocrinologists etc.) to ensure that they are provided the same access to orthopaedic surgery and care – and without overextending the budget.
Wouldn’t I save money if I booked my surgery at the hospital(s) directly?
Answer: Not when you travel with SkyGen. The price of orthopaedic surgery is set by the hospital and passed directly onto patients in their surgical recommendation (provided to each patient), regardless of if the patient books direct or through a medical travel agent like SkyGen. Some of the benefits of booking with SkyGen are:
- Packages include specialist consultations, nursing, surgery costs, post-operative care, physical therapy – Ask us today about our price cap guarantee.
- Let the experts handle everything for you – We know what makes the difference for patients travelling overseas for surgery. We’ll make sure you have everything you need while you’re overseas.
- SkyGen patients receive VIP treatment and support through dedicated members of the hospital’s International Patient Services team.