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How After-Care Should Work for Your Surgery Abroad
Posted by skymedicus STAFF on 7/27/2017 10:59 AM | Last Modified: September 26, 2017
When planning for safe and successful surgery abroad, obviously you need to focus on aspects such as choosing a qualified surgeon, and covering all of the logistical details (e.g. how you’ll reach your destination, where you’ll stay, etc).
However, there is another critical aspect that must be part of your overall plan: after-care.
Generally, here is a look at how after-care should work for your surgery abroad:
Any complications due to bleeding or the use of anesthesia are most likely to occur within the first 24 hours after your surgery. As such, you’ll most likely spend at least a day in the hospital, and under the watchful eye of doctors and nurses.
Note that in some cases, if your surgeon approves and it’s in line with best practices for your type of surgery, you may spend the first day at special recovery center that is usually located on the same campus/property as the hospital. Typically, these recovery centers are even more comfortable and peaceful than a hospital environment, and of course they’re staffed by medical teams 24/7.
Provided that there are no issues or complications, you’ll spend the next few days recovering from your surgery – which means no work and plenty of rest! This may take place in the hospital, or at a rehabilitation facility. You may also be allowed to recover at your hotel (if so, suitable nursing visits will be arranged if you don’t have a family member or other caregiver with you). During this time, you’ll also receive therapeutic treatment and nutritional education as required.
Also note that you may opt to extend your stay after your medical travel surgery. This is not unusual, as many people find that recovering in an upscale rehabilitation facility is preferable than heading back to the U.S. and recovering at home. For example, the New York Times profiled a Colorado resident who had hip replacement surgery in Belgium, and opted to spend a few extra weeks in rehab because it was so pleasant and affordable. What cost him a few hundred dollars abroad, would have resulted thousands of dollars in bills at home.
An important factor in your overall after-care program will be the flight home. If you partner with a professional medical tourism company, they’ll advise you on how to inform the airline of your situation, and what to ask for in order to make your journey as comfortable and safe as possible.
Once you return to the U.S., your recovery and rehabilitation will continue. Again, the duration and protocol will depend on your type of surgery. During this period, which can last from a few weeks to a few months, you’ll regularly visit your doctor (or have a doctor/nurse visit you at home if that’s more appropriate) to monitor your progress. Your professional medical tourism company will also provide you with support throughout this process, such as by pointing you to online and community resources, etc.
To learn more about how after-care should work for your medical travel surgery, contact the SkyMedicus team today. There is absolutely no obligation to book your trip with us, and we never charge a fee for providing you with honest, straightforward advice.
Remember: we don’t “sell” medical tourism. We help people take advantage of this option if (and only if!) they, their family, and their doctor determines that it’s in their best interest to do so. We’ve been in this field for many years, and our reputation for putting our clients first speaks for itself!
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