Medical Tourism refers to traveling to another country for medical care. Thousands of people leave the US to another country for cosmetic procedures based on the fact that they are cheaper.
The risks of medical tourism depend on which areas are being traveled to and which procedures are being performed. Some of the initial issues identified have been
Communication – receiving health care at a facility where there is a language barrier many increase chances of misunderstanding from pre-op, to the procedures to post operation treatment.
Medications – can or may be counterfeit or of a lower quality.
Antibiotics resistance – is a global problem, and resistant bacteria maybe more common in other countries than in the United States
FLYING – after surgery can increase the risk of blood clots
The major issue with traveling abroad of a procedure is the continuation of care once back in the United States or when a complication occurs. Many surgeons are resistant to taking on patients who have complications of a surgery abroad or from another surgeon, because they are unaware of your medical history as well as how the previous surgeon performed the procedure.
However, we at Atlantic Surgical Associates understand that this can be scary for a patient and possibly life threatening.
If you are someone or know someone who needs immediate medical attention, please call 732- 641-3350 ASAP.