VP Shunt in Thailand

A Ventriculoperitoneal (VP) shunt is a medical device that relieves pressure on the brain caused by fluid accumulation. VP shunting is a surgical procedure that primarily treats hydrocephalus, a condition characterized by excessive cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) within the ventricles of the brain. This procedure involves implanting a shunt system that diverts excess CSF from the brain to another part of the body where it can be absorbed. As the demand for high-quality and affordable medical treatments grows, Thailand has emerged as a preferred destination for individuals seeking VP shunt procedures.

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$6,500 - $9,000

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Please note that the prices provided are estimations and may vary based on various factors. Additionally, these prices do not include flights or accommodation.

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About VP Shunt in Thailand

VP shunt surgery in Thailand involves placing a shunt system that consists of a ventricular catheter, a valve, and a distal catheter. The ventricular catheter is inserted into the brain's ventricles, while the distal catheter is routed to an absorption site, usually the peritoneal cavity. The valve regulates CSF flow and prevents backflow. Thai neurosurgeons are skilled in performing VP shunt procedures, offering a range of valve types and shunt systems to cater to individual patient needs.

Preparing for VP Shunt in Thailand

Before undergoing a VP shunt procedure in Thailand, patients undergo a comprehensive evaluation that includes a neurological examination, imaging studies such as CT or MRI scans, and discussions about their medical history. Patients may be advised to cease certain medications or make lifestyle changes ahead of the procedure. When selecting a Thai medical facility or surgeon for a VP shunt procedure, patients should consider factors like the surgeon's experience, facility accreditation, and language proficiency.

Procedure Details & Recovery

During the VP shunt procedure, the surgeon makes small incisions on the head and abdomen, inserting the ventricular catheter into the brain's ventricles and routing the distal catheter to the peritoneal cavity. Once the shunt system is in place, excess CSF can be drained from the brain, relieving pressure. Postoperative care involves monitoring for complications such as infection or shunt malfunction. Patients typically spend 2-4 days in the hospital following the procedure and should plan to stay in Thailand for approximately 2 weeks for follow-up appointments and to ensure proper shunt functioning.

Costs of VP Shunt in Thailand

The cost of a VP shunt procedure in Thailand usually ranges between $6,500 and $9,000. Prices may vary depending on factors such as the surgeon's expertise, the medical facility, and the specific shunt system used. These costs are notably lower than in many other countries, making Thailand a desirable destination for medical tourists. Please note that the quoted price includes required hospital stays for the procedure but does not cover travel and accommodation expenses.

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Best Hospitals for VP Shunt in Thailand

Praram 9 Hospital
Praram 9 Hospital

Praram 9 Hospital in Bangkok stands as a premier medical facility, known for its state-of-the-art equipment and dedicated team of professionals. Offering a wide range of medical services, it is particularly recognized for its excellence in specialized treatments and surgeries. With a focus on patient-centered care, it remains a top choice for both locals and international patients

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MedPark Hospital
MedPark Hospital

MedPark Hospital is a state-of-the-art healthcare facility that opened in 2020. With a spacious 90,000 square meter building and over 30 departments, the hospital is equipped to handle a wide range of patient needs. It has 550 beds for inpatients and 300 examination rooms, all outfitted with advanced medical equipment to provide the highest quality of care.

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Bumrungrad International Hospital
Bumrungrad International Hospital

Bumrungrad was founded in 1980 and is Southeast Asia's largest private hospital. It is one of the world's most popular medical tourism destinations, treating over 1.1 million patients annually of which many are overseas patients. Bumrungrad was the first hospital in Asia to receive JCI accreditation and has since received awards from numerous other agencies for its medical services.

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Bangkok Hospital
Bangkok Hospital

Bangkok Hospital was one of Thailand's first private hospitals when it was opened in 1972. It has since grown to one of the most well-known hospital networks in the Asia-Pacific area and is a popular destination for both Thais and foreigners for its medical services. Bangkok Hospital has 53 locations across Thailand of which 14 have JCI accreditation.

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Common Questions

How much does a VP shunt cost in Thailand?

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A VP shunt procedure in Thailand typically costs between $6,500 and $9,000, including necessary hospital stays.

When can I return home after a VP shunt in Thailand?

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Patients typically spend 2-4 days in the hospital following a VP shunt procedure and should plan to stay in Thailand for approximately 2 weeks for follow-up appointments and to ensure proper shunt functioning.

What are the risks associated with a VP shunt procedure?

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As with any surgery, a VP shunt procedure carries risks such as infection, bleeding, and shunt malfunction. However, skilled Thai neurosurgeons and advanced medical facilities work to minimize these risks and ensure a successful procedure.

Is it safe to do VP Shunt in Thailand?

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Thailand has some of the best hospitals and medical facilities in the world, with highly skilled doctors and state-of-the-art technology. These facilities are accredited by international organizations, such as the Joint Commission International, ensuring that they meet global healthcare standards.

Konkai only works with accredited facilities to ensure that our clients receive safe, effective, and reliable medical care. We have done extensive research and vetting to ensure that the hospitals and clinics we work with provide the highest quality of care and meet the same standards as medical facilities in developed countries. We prioritize your well-being and only recommend medical facilities that we would trust to provide care to our own loved ones.

Does my insurance cover VP Shunt in Thailand?

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Whether medical insurance covers VP Shunt in Thailand or not depends on the individual policy. Some policies cover the procedure, while others may not. It's important to check with your insurance provider to find out if VP Shunt is covered and if there are any restrictions or limitations on coverage for medical procedures performed outside of your home country.

Some policies may require pre-authorization or pre-approval for medical procedures performed outside of your home country.

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