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So you have decided to undergo a medical procedure? After careful consideration you realize that your best option is to travel abroad. We have compiled a few subjects that can enlighten your knowledge a bit more on medical procedures abroad.


investigating Investigating

Depending on the type of medical procedure that you are planning on undergoing certain hospitals might be better adapted to your specific requirements than others. Especially if you are planning on having a serious surgery such as a heart surgery, we urge our readers to carefully investigate hospital and doctor qualifications. Most hospitals keep records of surgery success rates, no of performed surgeries etc. It can also be worth to investigate what type of operation method and equipments they are using. Always remember that you are your own best detective and as a helping tool we have developed a Medical check list with some of the questions that you would do well to ask.

 

tissue Popular medical procedures

The appetite for medical procedures among medical travellers is endless, but relatively simple cosmetic and dental procedures have been quite popular. Among ordinary surgeries, knee and hip replacements is a definitive favourite but also expensive and complicated surgery such as open heart surgery has become more accepted as a result of impressive success rates on international hospitals. Many hospitals can also offer a vide area of different surgical specialities such as cardiac, neurological, orthopaedic surgery etc. You would however do well to remember that hospitals often have a few medical specialities even if they might offer many types of different surgeries.

surgery3 Variety of treatments


Did you know that some of the most advanced surgical techniques are being used and developed in countries such as India, Thailand and Singapore? As new techniques such as stem cell research has been restricted in the US, it has been developed further in other countries. So don’t be too surprised if you stumble across a new more effective operation technique in your medical destination. Another positive aspect with many foreign hospitals is that you might get a chance to try out alternative medical treatments such as ayruveda, acupuncture, osteopathy and acupuncture and that are not always accessible at your local hospital. In many cases these will aid and quicken your recovery.

 

preperation Preparing for surgery


There are many things that you can do to prepare and facilitate your surgery. We recommend that you first decide on whether or not this surgery is something that you really need and secondly that you do all the necessary research for your surgery to find out your best options.  Many online dictionaries such as www.medlineplus.gov and www.medicinenet.com offers excellent answers to many of the questions you might have.

Here comes a few questions:

  1. How much time will your medical procedure take?
  2. How will my body react to the procedure?
  3. How can I minimize any type of risks, medications, rest?
  4. How much recovery / physical therapy will be required?
  5. When will I be able to return home?

 

hospitalbed What to expect?


Most hospitals have similar working routines concerning the surgical process. By understanding and knowing them you will be better prepared to expect the outcome. The surgical process can be divided into 4 steps and these are:

  1. Preparing for surgery
    - Diet and lifestyle recommendations
    - Exercise to improve your body resilience
    - Examinations and tests to determine your condition
    - Review of what to expect
    - What to bring with you
     
  2. The Surgical Process
    - The anaesthesia process
    - The actual surgery
    - Wake up from the anaesthesia and surgery

  3. Postoperative stay
    - Medications to take
    - Dietary requirements
    - Wound drainage and healing

  4. Returning to daily activities
    - Expected time to a complete recover
    - Precautions to take in your daily life
    - Follow ups on your health condition

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