Seeking medical treatments and surgeries abroad has become a popular option for many people around the world.
Reasons for this choice include cost savings, access to specialized doctors, or maybe just a desire to combine medical procedures with a vacation.
However, we’ve learned from treating out-of-town patients at Hillcrest Plastic Surgery that it’s essential to approach medical tourism with planning and consideration. To ensure a successful experience, here are some important do’s and don’ts to keep in mind when traveling for surgery.
Tip #1: Do Thorough Research
Before embarking on a medical journey, conduct extensive research on the destination country, healthcare facility, and surgeon.
Look for information on the facility’s accreditations, medical credentials, and experience, as well as patient testimonials. It’s so important to choose a reputable facility and surgeon with a proven track record of delivering high-quality care — especially when you’re arriving from out of town.
If possible, verify that the facility follows international standards and protocols for safety and infection control.
Tip #2: Be Patient
Take your time to evaluate the available surgical options to ensure you’re making an informed decision.
Rushing into a surgical procedure without careful consideration can lead to regrets or potential complications. Consult with your primary healthcare provider and gather multiple opinions to make sure that the chosen procedure is the right one.
You should also discuss the potential risks and benefits of traveling for surgery, and consider the long-term implications of the procedure.
Tip #3: Don’t Forget About Aftercare
Factor in the post-operative care and follow-up appointments when planning your trip. Ask the healthcare facility about the possibility of post-operative support, such as consultations, check-ups, or any other follow-up treatments.
Adequate care after an invasive procedure is crucial for a successful recovery and will make sure you have the best possible experience.
Schedule a Consultation Today
Before making any final decisions, it’s a good idea to schedule a virtual consultation with your chosen surgeon. Contact Hillcrest Plastic Surgery today to speak with our specialists, and read our Out Of Town page for helpful travel tips to our offices in Orlando, Florida.
We’ll give you a personalized assessment and recommendations based on your situation. Call us today at (407) 999-2585.