Torn ACL in Bangkok?
Dr. Panya Wongpatimachai is your man
Dr. Panya is a full time orthopedic surgeon at Bumrungrad International in Bangkok, who has developed a reputation for repairing sports related injuries, like torn ACL’s and rotator cuffs. If you are an athlete with a 40 year old body and a 20 year old mind, then chances are you’ll need his number too.
Torn ACL’s come in all forms –the weekend footballer with the buckling knee, the rusty skier with the swollen knee, the not-as-flexible-as-you-think-you-are yoga practitioner with the popping knee. Men may have a higher incidence rate for torn ACL’s, but women are actually more prone to the condition.
Dr. Panya Wongpatimachai has the two things you want in an arthroscopic surgeon: good diagnostic skills and good hands. An ACL tear, depending on the severity, may require rest and an ice pack or surgery. There are full tears and partial tears, and part of the trick is knowing what to do, when to do it and how to do it.
Be forewarned, Dr. Panya is not a warm and fuzzy doctor. In fact, he’s pretty matter-of-fact in his approach and bedside manner, which some people like and others don’t. A friend of mine who recently had ACL repair surgery with Dr. Panya summed it up when he said, “I don’t want to date him. I just want him to fix my knee so I can go running again.”
Medeguy is Ruben Toral, an American healthcare marketing professional with over 17 years experience working with doctors and physician networks around the world. These are NOT paid endorsements. Doctors featured in this section are selected based on personal encounters, recommendations from other doctors and patients.