Medical Tourism: The Ugly Truths

Medical Tourism: The ugly truths

Cosmetic Surgery Is No Holiday

Consider this, sand, surf and a sun-soaked holiday is a poor environment for wound healing and preventing infection.

Cosmetic surgery in destinations that are often promoted as a cheaper surgery option, packaged with a beach holiday, downplay the risks that all surgery carries.

But we are continuously told that cost is the main reason for choosing tropical holiday destinations for cosmetic surgery.

Medical Tourism Facts:

  • Cosmetic surgery is real surgery; it carries risks. These risks increase depending of the size of the procedure, the age and health of the patients.
  • The cost of procedure will blow-out beyond any cosmetic procedure done in Australia if complications arise and revision is required at a later date.
  • Some countries, such as India, Malaysia, or Thailand have very different infectious disease-related epidemiology (i.e., control of disease) to Europe, Australia and North America. Hence, exposure to diseases when weakened from surgery, (e.g., Hepatic A, amoebic dysentery, transmitted diseases, influenza and tuberculosis, etc.,) can be life threatening.
  • You are at risk of dangerous bacterial infection when swimming in a tropical climate and resort pools.
  • When combined with vacation time set aside for rest and recovery in the destination country, scars may become darker and more noticeable if sunburned while healing.
  • Traveling long distances soon after surgery increases the risk of complications for developing blood clots in the legs such as venous thrombosis or pulmonary embolus.
  • Health facilities treating medical tourists may lack an adequate complaints policy to deal appropriately and fairly with complaints made by dissatisfied patients.
  • The most serious procedures require a great deal of aftercare, so that should be factored into any decision to become a medical tourist.
  • Who pays for the follow up to make sure that things are healing and going to plan?

Highlighting The Dangers Of Cosmetic Tourism

The survey from The Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons found:

  • 72 % of plastic surgeons conducting revisions on cosmetic tourism patients have had cases they were unable to completely correct.
  • Almost 50% say they have seen cases that would have been life threatening without corrective treatment.
  • 62 % have seen cases which have involved permanent disfigurement despite the surgeon’s best efforts because some complications can result in irreversible damage.
  • A similar number have seen cases where the patient has been severely psychologically impacted as a result of their experience.

(Professor Rodney Cooter, ibid.)

The most common kind of surgery conducted overseas requiring corrective treatment was breast surgery (representing 68 per cent of all revision procedures, The Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons, 2013)

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By Kate Moreland


By Kate Moreland