"While there are undoubtedly qualified plastic surgeons practicing abroad, they aren’t often the ones who are marketing their services to clients in the U.S.,” says Dr. Cohen. “Medical tourism operators focus on cost savings and leisure travel at the expense of quality.”
While medical tourism companies tout the savings over surgeries performed in the States, the fundamental idea behind combining international tourism and surgery is flawed, says Dr. Cohen. Lengthy air travel soon after surgery can result in blood clots or embolisms, very serious medical issues. Quiet recovery time is important, and encouraging patients to go sightseeing after a procedure can lead to a variety of complications, most notably infections. Recuperating in a safe environment with a properly qualified medical team minutes away is the best path to a smooth recovery and a successful surgical result.
While the United States has strict regulations in place governing physicians and medical facilities, that’s not necessarily the case in other countries. Although medical tourism operators may promote a doctor’s experience, it can be difficult for a patient to obtain accurate information about a foreign physician’s qualifications (http://www.drcohenplasticsurgery.com/
Patients must also consider the consequences of developing a complication once they have returned home. It may be difficult or costly to find a qualified plastic surgeon to assume their case or perform a revision surgery. Also, the techniques used in the original surgery may be impossible to identify or to correct. A revision surgery or extended care in the United States can make the total cost of the procedure much higher than having it done at home originally.
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