Just got back to Chiang Mai from Bangkok and Pattaya – 1st operation at Siriraj Hospital completed – placed a stent in the right kidney artery and scheduled the operation for the left side on June 4th. After getting on the table it was discovered that both kidney arteries were blocked and the medicine I was taking was actually making things worse. In addition, because of the deterioration of the kidneys, the doctor decided the safest thing to do was one side at a time thereby reducing the use of the defining dye as it is not good for the kidneys either. So we did just the right side this time.
- Private hospital room and operation ( 1 stent)
- Air fare return trip from Chiang Mai to Bangkok
- Longstay hotel – Pattaya – 5 days (included breakfast)
- 4 – taxi trips from Pattaya Longstay hotel to Siriraj hospital
Total cost 106,000 Baht roughly $ 3,000
Next month I’ll have the left side done and the total cost will still be within the 250,000 Baht estimate the hospital gave me. Remember when this all started Bangkok Hospital wanted 800,00 Baht for just one stent and 200,00 for each additional if needed. I will also discuss with the doctor if it would be necessary to stent the artery to my left side which has resulted in different BP readings in both arms – maybe not needed – I hope so – but even if it is recommended the total cost will hover near 300,000 Baht $8,300 3 – STENTS
I have already noticed a great improvement – As I mentioned above we did have to change the BP medicine but it has really dropped now and I feel normal again. My right groin area is really heavily bruised right now – really black. but little or no pain – just a little sore. The operation was painless and quick – 20 min. But I had to lay with my leg straight for 12 hours after the operation to make sure the artery was closed properly. My back hurt more than my groin area – All in all – great success so far and it should be a piece of cake to get the left side done in June.
Something’s fucked up with my phone and I can’t get the photos to d/l – I’ll figure this out later and post them.