It quotes a so called survey conducted by them stating “Over 80% of Surgeons Have Seen Problems with Patients Returning from Holiday Surgery”, now at first you might think, wow that is a lot but nowhere in the article does it state how many surgeons were interviewed. Did they ask 5, 10, how many? It simply isn’t professional reporting to state percentages without giving timeframes and solid numbers. The entire survey is worthless without this; conclusions cannot be drawn from such vague ‘statistics’
Now don’t forget that after a surgery, a patient must take it easy and it may not necessarily be the surgeons fault if the patient does not stick to the post care regime. It is just as much the responsibility of the patient to do what the doctor advises to ensure an effective recovery. Patients must remember that after certain surgeries they are not advised to travel but if they rush back of course there will be complications, these aren’t the fault of the surgeon unless they don’t warn the patient of the risks of travelling but again since this is omitted from the survey, we don’t know how many patients travelled too soon. This isn’t to say that every patient is irresponsible but it is very convenient that questions like this seem to have been omitted from the survey. Something else that is omitted is how many patients are dissatisfied with UK surgeries; a comprehensive survey would have comparisons.
Attempting to clarify this issue we talked to a respected Hungarian plastic surgeon, Dr Vincente Rodrigo http://www.meditourists.com/
This article seems to me like a cheap shot at surgeons abroad, made by surgeons in the UK who are angry at losing market share to other surgeons. Pure and simple this report seems like scaremongering. Now of course there will be people who have ‘botched’ surgeries abroad but you can also have ‘botched’ surgeries in the UK. This is why it is very important that you do the appropriate research whenever you are going to get cosmetic surgery, home or abroad.
Now something I have an issue with is the fact that many of these countries are misrepresented on this list. The report is actually quite degrading and groups countries together as though they were backwards and the hospitals were located in farms without electricity. Hungary for instance has incredibly high standards of medical care. For quite a long time it has had a burgeoning dental tourist industry, which is known across Europe for its high standards.
There are similar expectations in the plastic surgery industry. And remember just because something is ‘cheap’ as the report calls it, doesn’t mean its bad quality, just cheaper than the UK http://www.meditourists.com/
I do agree that it is important for patients to research every aspect of their surgery but at the same time, it is in human nature to look for the best deal and with the prohibitively high prices in the UK I am not surprised people are going abroad for the surgery. In many cases the price is almost double for certain procedures, I wonder and here’s a ‘survey’ I conducted, is the quality of care really double? 80% interviewed said ‘No’ http://www.meditourists.com.
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