When a patient receives the news he or she will need “neurological surgery”, this generally means they need to undergo an operation in one of the following places in our body: the brain, spinal column, spinal cord, the peripheral nerves or the extra-cranial cerebrovascular system (blood vessels supplying the brain).
As one can imagine, any surgery in these body organs is extremely delicate and must be performed in pin-point precision. With today’s technology, many surgeons will prefer to perform minimally invasive endoscopic surgery over the more traditional method of “open surgery” in which it may be necessary to perform incisions in different parts of one’s head. In the first method, a surgeon will cause only minimal skin trauma, lowering risks as well as the recovery time.
As a patient may find a suitable surgeon and hospital and agree on the method of surgery, a problem may arise when the patient does not have the proper medical insurance that would cover this kind of surgery, causing a situation in which the patient will need to pay tens of thousands of dollars for this kind of critical operation. In this situation, the option of medical tourism could be of assistance as a patient can have the neurosurgery he needs abroad.
“What is medical tourism”. This term describes the phenomena in which patients will travel across national borders to undergo various medical treatments and procedures. A patient can travel for a number of reasons that include lack of proper medical insurance (or any at all) that will cover the operation, long and unacceptable waiting lists or simply better or more advanced medical technology and research elsewhere.
As travel means have improved immensely in the past few decades combined with the fact that people are just a click away from acquiring any information they are seeking on the internet, medical tourism is not only a desired option but also a logical solution. Today, this industry is constantly growing as more and more patients are reaching countries with hospitals up to par with American medical standard like Mexico, Thailand, India, Costa Rica, Malaysia and even Australia, Israel, Germany and more.
Patients may choose to travel abroad to undergo a diagnosing, major surgery, elective surgery (such as different types of cosmetic surgery), prolong treatments (such as cancer treatments), outpatient surgery and more. This of course also includes different types of neurosurgery.
There are different neurosurgical conditions that can require surgery, (this can be the result of other traditional treatments failing or surgery being the primary recommended option). These conditions can include various disorders in the brain, spinal cord, vertebral column and peripheral nervous system.
No matter what the condition is, the removal of a brain tumor, surgery to prevent a stroke (Carotid Endarterectomy or Cerebral Angioplasty), different treatments for Epilepsy (Temporal Lobectomy, Lesionectomy and more), surgery to treat Parkinson’s disease or Trigeminal Neuralgia and more, patients can choose to undergo treatments abroad. There are many advanced hospitals with world renowned surgeons that will perform the surgery intended to treat the neurosurgical condition.
When a patient wants to inquire about this possibility, they have the option of checking medical options on their own, reading on the internet about destination countries, hospitals and recommended doctors or they can also turn to a professional medical tourism facilitator who will do the medical research and accompany the patient every step of the way, from the information and booking stage until returning home after the surgery. This way, patients do not need to deal with the bureaucracy of medical travel.
If for example a patient will be traveling to India for tumor removal, they will arrive at the hospital and will be accepted by a medical professional that will receive the chart and start preliminary testing and preparing the patient for surgery. If all goes well, the surgery will be performed within a few days of the arrival followed by recuperation period at a proper recovery facility. Once the whole process is over, the patient is free to enjoy a vacation in the country he is visiting in or return home.
So the next time you hear about a neurosurgical candidate that is having trouble undergoing surgery in their own country, bring up the option of Medical Tourism, it may be suitable for the situation.