Support Chat Radio 19: Toni Takes Control

Posted by on Feb 15, 2011 in Support Chat Radio, Weightloss Surgery Videos

In Episode 18 we chat a bit about the following weight loss surgery stories in the news

We also have some great weight loss surgery conversation with our friends: Rob, Trimoon and Ian

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3 Responses to “Support Chat Radio 19: Toni Takes Control”

  1. baka (Ian) says:

    Nice job Toni!

  2. Thanks Ian.

    Toni

  3. Hey! I’m a little behind listening to the chats, but I just wanted to weigh in (yuk yuk) on surgery in Korea. I had a great experience, but I speak enough Korean to communicate and have been here long enough to “get” the medical system. My surgery, including all pre-op and post-op tests and post-op meds (including the one you take for six months) cost right at 6 million won (around US$5500). I could have saved a little money by going with the 6-8 person room (standard), but I upgraded to a three-person room. A private room would have added over $200 a day to the hospital bill.

    The downside to having surgery here: there really aren’t CNAs, because your family is expected to take care of feeding, sponge bathing, etc etc whatever non-medical care you may need. The nurses at a regular hospital may only speak very basic English. There is national healthcare here, so even though I went to a place with “cyberknives” and all the latest tech, it looks like a run down school building, down to the bathroom (even private rooms don’t have private bathrooms)down the hall that doesn’t have a front door.

    There are clinics that cater to foreigners. You get a private room with a private nurse that speaks fluent English (or Japanese, their other main clientele), and your room has all the niceties of an upscale hotel. Those clinics cost over 50% more. The surgery alone will be about 9 million won. I think you are expected to get all pre-op work done at home and bring the files with you.

    Overall, I was very happy with my experience. I chose my doctor because he’s been doing sleeves for about 20 years as a gastric oncologist (gastric cancer is the mopst prevalent one in Korea). Another important factor for me was going to a major hospital, because my blood type is Rh neg, which is virtually unheard of here, and I mean that in the literal sense of people never having heard of such a thing. Even though the risk is slight, I wanted to be in a facility that could provide blood, should I need it.

    I would highly recommend my doctor to anyone living in Korea looking at having surgery– he does the sleeve and the band. I’m not sure if medical tourists would be happy going to a regular doctor at a regular hospital here, though.

    If anyone has any questions, feel free to ask! :-)

    Jen (in the RoK: Republic of Korea) :-)

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