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Traveling abroad for medical treatment is fast gaining popularity across the world, and the United States is not an exemption. While the U.S. ranks favorably among the top countries with the best healthcare system, there is an overwhelming shortage of doctors to cater to specialized surgical procedures. In addition to the reduced cost of medical treatment outside the United States, another reason most Americans are looking across the border for treatment is rigid policies and regulations to some treatments and access to medical trials.
Other times it is the long wait time and unavailability of specialist doctors to satisfy the demand for high-demand surgeries. Then there are folks who travel abroad for treatment or surgery because of preference and privacy. Regarding the latter, political figures, business magnates, celebrities, and top business executives, among other high-profile and famous people, prefer to go overseas for treatment and surgery; away from prying eyes and where they are not easily recognized.
Regardless of the reason why you wish to travel abroad for treatment, either because the cost is too much to bear in your home country or because you feel you have the best chance of getting a successful surgery outside the United States, we are here to help.
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Our team of professional doctors has successfully arranged medical trips for thousands of Americans seeking world-class treatment abroad.
We cater to a long list of surgical procedures and deliver top-notch healthcare through our network of reputable and experienced doctors across virtually every area of medicine, including surgery, diagnostic radiology (Abdominal radiology, Emergency Radiology, Pediatric radiology Breast imaging, Cardiothoracic radiology, Cardiovascular radiology, and Musculoskeletal radiology, among others), and allergy and immunology.
Our Capabilities Also Extend to Other Medical Specialties, Including:
- Family medicine
- Internal medicine, including but not limited to Advanced heart failure and transplant cardiology, Endocrinology, diabetes, and metabolism, Nephrology, Nephrology, and Rheumatology
- Dermatology — Dermatopathology, Pediatric dermatology, and Procedural Dermatology
- Emergency medicine — Emergency medical services, Pain Medicine, and Medical toxicology, among others
- Medical genetics
- Obstetrics and Gynecology
WHAT IS THE PROCESS FOR TRAVELLING ABROAD FOR MEDICAL TREATMENT?
Americans travel abroad for medical care due to the availability of treatments and procedures not available in the United States. The process starts with a visit to a doctor in the U.S. who determines if you are eligible for treatment at one of these facilities.
You will then receive a referral from that doctor, which can be used as an insurance claim when seeking out medical care abroad. If the medical facility you wish to use is not on your insurance provider’s list of providers, there may be a way to work around this.
However, costs may go up depending on the country visited or the type of procedure performed. If you would like more information about traveling abroad for medical care and what it entails, contact us today
Top 5 Reasons Americans Travel to Other Countries for Medical Care
In order to get the best medical care, some Americans choose to travel abroad to other countries such as India, Thailand, and Costa Rica, where medical care costs are far less expensive than in the United States.
From experience, here are the top reasons Americans travel abroad for medical care.
International patients want more personalized attention from their physicians.
They want a shorter wait time in-between appointments.
They want faster recovery times and shorter hospital stays.
They don’t want to take any risks on the quality or safety of the treatments they receive.
People who have chronic illnesses may not be able to afford ongoing care at home and are looking for alternative ways to manage their symptoms
Common Medical Treatments and Surgeries We Handle
Cancer treatment is a very broad term that can include anything from chemotherapy and radiation therapy to surgery. The goal of cancer treatment is to find and remove any cancer cells in the body. Chemotherapy is an example of cancer treatment that involves drugs. These drugs may be delivered orally or intravenously, depending on the type of cancer being treated.
Chemotherapy may be used alone or in combination with other types of treatments like radiation therapy, surgery, immunotherapy, or targeted therapy. Radiation therapy uses high-energy waves or particles (such as x-rays) to kill cancer cells.
Many U.S. citizens travel abroad for cancer treatment. The reasons vary and are often personal, but the main motivators are cost and quality. For many, the cost of cancer treatment in the U.S. is prohibitively expensive, while patients who seek care abroad often find that they can get a better quality of care at a fraction of the price.
Doctors abroad may also be more experienced with certain types of cancer treatments than their American counterparts, so this is an important consideration as well. When deciding whether or not to undergo medical tourism for cancer treatment, it’s important to consult with both your doctor and your insurance company before making any decisions.
Your insurance company will have information about what treatments will be covered by them, while your doctor will give you insight on what type of cancer treatment is best suited for you. If you’re considering traveling overseas for medical care, make sure you understand all the risks involved and ensure that you have proper travel coverage!
Breast augmentation surgery is one of the most common cosmetic procedures performed in America. It’s also a procedure that many American women choose to have done abroad, especially if they are looking for more affordable options and the surgeon they want isn’t available in their home country.
Breast augmentation surgery is a surgical procedure in which implants are inserted into the breast area to make them larger.
The implants can be made from different materials, including silicone gel, saline, or textured implants. Silicone gel implants contain silicone oil (gel) inside and may last longer than saline or textured implants. Saline or textured implant prostheses are put into the breast area and filled with fluid to create breasts that look natural when fully inflated with liquid solution or saline. When there is no longer any need for further treatment, some implants can be removed through a small incision. Others are designed to be permanent.
Textured implants use an outer coating that feels more like human skin. That might mean fewer complications, but it could also mean you’ll pay more money because it costs doctors more time and effort to insert these types of implants.
IVF stands for in vitro fertilization. This process helps a woman get pregnant by combining an egg and sperm outside the body before placing the embryo back into her uterus. IVF is often used when a couple has blocked fallopian tubes, but it can also be used if there are other infertility problems.
In some cases, IVF can help a couple who have had multiple miscarriages or have been unable to conceive. There’s no need for needles during this procedure because we use tiny catheters to transfer eggs from your ovaries (which you produce on their own) into your uterus through small incisions made in your vagina. Your partner will give his semen sample either at home or at the clinic.
You’ll take hormonal medications that stimulate your ovaries to release eggs. We’ll take one of those eggs out with the catheter and place it together with the man’s semen inside a dish in which they’ll grow together as an embryo. After 3-5 days, we’ll put that embryo back into your uterus through another small incision made in your vagina. If you want more than one child, you may undergo this procedure more than once.
Plastic surgery is a type of cosmetic surgery that is used to improve the appearance of a patient’s physical features. There are two main types of plastic surgeries, which include breast augmentation and liposuction. Breast augmentation involves the use of implants or fat injections to increase the size of a woman’s breasts. Liposuction is used on patients who want their body fat reduced in areas such as their waist, hips, thighs, and chin. The surgery typically takes anywhere from one hour to four hours, depending on the extent of fat removal.
Dental implants are titanium posts that are surgically placed into the jawbone by a dentist or oral surgeon. They can be used in place of missing teeth, as a replacement for single or multiple tooth(s), or as a support to stabilize dentures. A dental implant is made up of two parts: the surgical post and the abutment, which is screwed onto it.
The dental implant may also have some sort of artificial tooth attached on top for added function. A four-month healing process follows placement surgery, and then patients will be able to enjoy their new set of teeth!
A kidney transplant is a surgery where a person’s diseased or damaged kidney is removed and replaced with a healthy kidney. This is often the treatment of choice for people with end-stage renal disease, which may have caused their kidneys to stop working.
The donor can be either a living related donor or an unrelated living donor; it’s important that donors are compatible in terms of blood type, tissue type, and body size. Kidney transplants typically last up to 15 years before the new kidney needs to be replaced.
Liposuction is a cosmetic surgery procedure that removes fat from the body. It is most often performed on the abdomen and/or thighs. Liposuction can also be used to remove fat from other parts of the body, such as arms, neck, face, or buttocks. More than 1 million people had liposuction in 2013. Many people choose this surgery because it’s less invasive than other types of weight-loss surgeries, like gastric bypass or banding procedures.
Liposuction works by suctioning away fat cells with a tool called a cannula. Doctors inject local anesthetic into your skin so you won’t feel any pain during the operation. The results are almost immediate, and patients may return to their normal daily activities right after surgery without worrying about losing weight first.
Phrenicnerve reconstruction is a surgical procedure that restores the ability to breathe deeply and fully. The phrenic nerve runs from the diaphragm, which is the muscle below your lungs and in front of your stomach, to the chest wall. When this nerve becomes damaged, it can cause shortness of breath.
In some cases, breathing becomes so shallow or slow that people may have trouble getting enough air into their bodies. A person’s voice may also sound weak and high-pitched because there is not enough air coming out of the lungs to power a deep voice. Some people also experience shoulder pain when they try to take a deep breath or cough, as well as back pain due to too much strain on the muscles involved in breathing.
If left untreated, problems related to an injured phrenic nerve can worsen over time. Eventually, people may stop being able to walk without using their hands for support because they can’t get enough oxygen into their blood through shallow breaths.
Brachial Plexus reconstruction is a surgical procedure that treats paralysis of the arm caused by damage to one or more of the nerves in the upper arm (brachial plexus). This can result from injury, stroke, or cancer treatment.
The procedure involves grafting nerve tissue taken from elsewhere in the body and connecting it with a portion of the brachial plexus. For the best results, surgeons use nerves that are as close as possible to the damaged area while considering the patient’s overall health.
In many cases, this surgery restores mobility and feeling in an arm that has been paralyzed because of nerve damage. You might also want to consider this surgery if you have a severe spinal cord injury where there is no hope for recovery. It’s worth mentioning that despite all the benefits, there are risks involved with any type of surgery.
As your trusted source on all things medical, we recommend consulting our physicians before making any major decisions. They will help you weigh all your options so and guide you to choose what’s right for you
Orthopedics is a field of medicine that deals with the musculoskeletal system. Orthopedists are experts in bones, muscles, joints, and tendons. They use a wide variety of treatments, including surgery, medications, physical therapy, and equipment like crutches or braces.
Orthopedic surgeons may also diagnose conditions related to the spine, skin, and more. Spinal surgery involves operating on the back and/or neck to correct abnormal alignment or remove tumors from the spinal cord.
Cholecystectomy is the surgical removal of the gallbladder, a small organ that sits under the liver and stores bile. Bile helps break down fats in food, so when it isn’t being produced properly, or there isn’t enough stored, some people may develop an inability to absorb certain nutrients from their food. In addition, when gallstones become lodged in the gallbladder or bile ducts, they can cause extreme pain and even infection.
When necessary, cholecystectomy is performed as an outpatient procedure through small incisions with minimal recovery time. It also has lower rates of complications than other types of abdominal surgery, such as open surgery (laparotomy), because there are fewer cuts on the abdomen wall, and surgeons are able to see what they are doing much more clearly with laparoscopic surgery. Studies have shown that the overall risk of complications following cholecystectomy surgery is about 2%.
If you find yourself with symptoms of gallstones and want to explore treatment options, don’t hesitate to contact us. We will be happy to answer any questions you might have about your diagnosis and give you a better idea about which treatments might work best for you!
Cataract surgery is the process of removing a cloudy lens from an eye, which can happen as a result of aging. This is done by replacing the lens with an artificial one and is usually completed in only one day. In many other countries, such as India or South Africa, they have doctors who specialize in cataracts.
This is great because it means that these doctors have more experience doing these types of procedures, and they do them much cheaper than American doctors. Interestingly, these procedures are done even faster than here in America.
A carotid endarterectomy is a surgical procedure that is performed to remove the buildup of fatty deposits in the carotid artery. These fatty deposits are also known as plaques and can lead to an embolism. An embolism occurs when these fatty deposits block blood flow to other areas of the body, including vital organs such as the brain.
An arterial embolism will often cause sudden death, while a venous embolism will usually cause intense pain and discomfort. In either case, it’s imperative that you get treatment for the condition immediately. Unfortunately, many people who suffer from this type of embolism don’t realize what’s happening until it’s too late.
That’s why many Americans travel to other countries like India or Colombia for medical care — they want to make sure they don’t have to worry about receiving timely treatment if they ever need it.
Low back pain surgery
Low back pain is one of the most prevalent health problems in the U.S. It is also a common cause of disability and missed days of work. Approximately 80% of people experience low back pain at some point in their lives. The condition can be acute, chronic, or recurrent.
Treatments are often based on the type of low back pain that a person experiences. Acute low back pain usually resolves within a few weeks. Chronic low back pain lasts more than 12 weeks. Recurrent episodes of pain last between four weeks and twelve weeks. About 30-50% of individuals who suffer from chronic low back pain will have recurrences with periods of remission.
The conditions that produce these types of conditions include degenerative discs, spondylolisthesis, disc herniation, spinal stenosis, and facet joint arthritis. Pain medications are usually the first-line treatment for lower back pain. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like ibuprofen can reduce inflammation. If you’ve tried other therapies without success, your doctor may prescribe corticosteroids such as prednisone or injections into the back using a local anesthetic, lumbar epidural steroid injection.
Prostatectomy is a surgery that involves removing the prostate gland from the male reproductive tract. It is usually performed in order to treat cancer or benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). The prostate is a gland that sits just below the bladder and above the penis.
Prostatectomy may be necessary for someone who has been diagnosed with prostate cancer, a disorder in which cells of the prostate grow abnormally and may invade other tissues of the body. The tumor can also spread outside the organ by entering into lymph nodes and blood vessels.
A high level of PSA, an enzyme produced by the prostate gland that circulates in the bloodstream can also indicate prostate cancer. Some people may experience urinary frequency, painful urination, or urge incontinence without any symptoms.
Coronary artery bypass surgery (CABG) is a heart operation in which a surgeon grafts blood vessels from the patient’s arm, leg, or internal chest vein onto the coronary arteries that supply blood flow to the heart. Coronary artery bypass surgery is performed when one or more of your coronary arteries are blocked and forms of treatments, such as drug therapy and lifestyle changes, have not been effective.
During CABG, surgeons remove a length of a healthy vein from the body on the opposite side of your chest. They attach it to the obstructed coronary artery using stitches or staples. The new vessel is called a graft because it carries blood through an opening that has been made in the wall of an artery or other vessel.
As a result, some of the workloads is taken off the diseased or blocked artery. Bypass surgery can be done with traditional open-heart techniques and minimally invasive endovascular surgical techniques like balloon angioplasty and stenting procedures.
The United States boasts the world’s most advanced healthcare system, but it also carries the highest healthcare costs. Which medical procedures are the most expensive? The following 20 medical procedures are among the costliest in America, averaging between $100,000 and $500,000 per procedure.
A variety of factors can contribute to the high costs of these medical treatments and procedures, including the use of advanced technology or rare drugs and supplies (such as organs), extensive doctor training required before performing them, and one-of-a-kind specialists needed to oversee their implementation.
Healthcare costs are rising rapidly, and it’s becoming harder and harder to find insurance that doesn’t take up most of your paycheck each month. From preventive care to plastic surgery, here are the most expensive medical procedures in America
Roughly 6% of Americans have cardiovascular disease, and one-third of those cases are from coronary artery disease. Cardiac surgery is a surgical intervention that repairs damage to the heart or its blood vessels. The procedure is performed by cutting open the chest and directly accessing the heart, often through the aorta, because they are lower than other parts of the body. These surgeries typically last between 3-5 hours and cost around $100,000 on average.
What’s more, many people require an extended hospital stay for recovery. However, not everyone can afford it. Medicaid only covers these procedures if they’re needed as a result of pre-existing conditions (such as diabetes). If they want them because they want to avoid future heart problems but don’t have the money, then they need to look into financing with a provider.
Open Heart Surgery
Open-heart surgery is an extremely complicated medical procedure that’s also physically and emotionally taxing. The costs of cardiac surgery are so high because a team of surgeons, as well as nurses, perfusionists, anesthesiologists, and other specialists, need to be present during your treatment.
Additionally, the use of electronic equipment such as ECMOs can boost the cost by $200,000. A heart bypass operation typically requires a 4-day stay in the hospital, but with such an expensive cost, you can expect a 2-day stay instead. Additional charges for these procedures include doctors’ fees, hospital room rates, and even living expenses if you have to travel from out of town.
In the United States, spinal fusion is one of the most expensive medical procedures. The surgery to fuse two or more vertebrae together can cost $100,000 for a single hour of surgery. The price can increase if there are complications or additional work is needed.
Spinal fusion has been performed for many years as a way to stop pain caused by degenerative disc disease and other similar conditions that affect the spine. The procedure involves removing diseased or damaged portions of the bone, then fusing two or more healthy parts together with metal plates and screws. While recovery time varies, most patients can return to normal activities after six weeks.
Patients often experience better mobility, less pain, and improved quality of life. There are some risks associated with this type of surgery, such as infection, nerve damage, and new issues arising from old injuries not properly treated before the operation.
Complications may also arise due to pre-existing health conditions like diabetes or high blood pressure, which have not been addressed prior to the operation. Additionally, some patients will be unable to participate in certain types of physical activity after their surgery. Nevertheless, this surgical procedure is considered successful over 70% of the time.
The average cost of a total hip replacement is $60,000 to $90,000. The price can range from $30,000 to $100,000, depending on the hospital and its location. Another major factor that affects the cost of this procedure is whether you will be undergoing traditional or minimally invasive surgery.
Hip resurfacing requires no incision at all but instead utilizes a small hole created with a special tool inserted through the side of your leg. The recovery time for this type of procedure is typically shorter and less painful as well. Hip resurfacing patients are able to walk within hours after surgery, whereas traditional hip replacement patients need up to three weeks before they’re able to walk normally again.
Hip resurfacing has a slightly higher risk of dislocation than traditional hip replacements because it does not replace the femoral head, but because there’s no risk of bone deterioration, it’s considered to have better long-term results. The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons recommends that people who are candidates for hip replacement should discuss which procedure would be best suited for them with their orthopedic surgeon.
The average cost for knee replacement surgery is $30,000 to $50,000 per knee. The total cost of a bilateral (both knees) replacement can be as much as $100,000 or more. Insurance may cover some of this cost if you have a high-deductible health plan and meet certain criteria.
Non-medical expenses such as post-operative care are not typically covered. For those who do not qualify for insurance coverage, long-term financing options may be available through Care Credit which has an interest rate of 13% APR with monthly payments from $0-$200/mo depending on the length of the loan term.
Who is the right candidate for hip replacement?
A hip replacement is a surgical procedure that replaces a diseased or worn-out hip joint with an artificial joint. A total hip replacement is typically recommended for patients who have severe arthritis and pain, limited mobility and muscle strength, and difficulty walking or climbing stairs. Patients are often eligible for this surgery at ages 50-55 years old.
Cancer treatments are among the most expensive medical procedures in America. Treatment can vary depending on factors such as the type of cancer, stage of development, and whether it is localized or has metastasized. Despite these differences, cancer treatments can cost an average of $157,000 per year for an individual. The most expensive of all cancer treatments are bone marrow transplants.
These transplants can cost upwards of $280,000 and have a high mortality rate due to complications that include brain damage, lung failure, heart attacks, and kidney failure. In contrast, chemotherapy may be administered every three weeks at the cost of $1,600 per treatment. It also has some side effects, including permanent hair loss, mouth sores, and liver damage.
Other treatments for specific cancers can also be pricey; pancreatic cancer costs up to $60,000 per month, while breast cancer costs around $30,000 monthly. And while prostate cancer treatments are cheaper than those other types of cancers (ranging from around $1400-$2550 monthly), they still come with side effects like erectile dysfunction.
With so many risks and costs associated with the various forms of cancer treatment, getting qualified doctors to manage your case should always be a top priority. We have a reputable, tested, and trusted network of doctors who specialize in cancer treatments and are guaranteed to provide high-quality and comprehensive care.
One of the most expensive treatments is for neurological disorders, including Parkinson’s Disease, multiple sclerosis, and epilepsy. Treatment for these diseases can cost more than $250,000 per year. One of the most common treatments is a drug called nusinersen, that’s used to treat spinal muscular atrophy. The medication can cost up to $750,000 per year.
An injection costs $750, and it takes four weeks to take effect. Insurance doesn’t cover this treatment because it’s considered an experimental procedure, but research has shown it greatly improves motor skills and alleviates the symptoms of other neurological conditions like dystonia or spasticity.
Doctors recommend getting treatment as early as possible when children are diagnosed with SMA or infantile onset because there are many benefits before reaching school age. In 2017, Biogen’s Spinraza was approved by the FDA after trials showed it improved motor function. With approval comes insurance coverage. There have been over 600 people enrolled in studies so far, and no adverse reactions have been reported yet; however, some patients will need ongoing treatment every three months at $750-$1000 per dose
It’s no surprise that substance abuse treatments are one of the most expensive medical procedures. This is due to the high cost of addiction medications and rehabilitation centers. It is also partly due to the high number of people who suffer from substance abuse, as well as the decline in insurance coverage for these types of treatments.
If a person does not have health insurance, or if their coverage does not include substance abuse treatment, they may have to pay for these treatments out of pocket. The average cost can range from $10,000 to $30,000 for a month of inpatient care at a rehab facility.
One of the most expensive procedures is dental implants. They can cost anywhere from $2000 to $4000, which is a lot more than many people spend on their annual dentist visits. However, it is a one-time purchase that will last the rest of your life and keep you from living with tooth pain.
Dental implants may be the most expensive medical procedure on this list, but they are also one of the most valuable. They can restore your smile and confidence without breaking your bank. Many dentists offer financing options for dental implant treatments, which means that you don’t need to worry about how to pay for them.
Most people who get a tooth pulled go through more than just physical pain; many feel social isolation or embarrassment as well. With dental implants, these feelings go away quickly once patients start smiling again! The cost is usually much less than getting a bridge or traditional den