By Elizabeth Ferrell, RDH, BS
Medical Tourism is a growing trend around the world and for good reason. With world-class doctors, state-of-the-art medical equipment and a philosophy of after care that is unrivaled, it’s no wonder this trend is growing.
Add to this an amazing vacation and savings as high as 60% (even considering the travel costs), and this option is truly worth investigating.
Just imagine relaxing and healing quietly at a luxurious retreat. Then after your recovery – spending a few days enjoying the luscious landscape, fauna and beauty of the culture. From magnificent beaches to Volcano hot springs resorts…generous farmland, coffee plantations and super friendly people; medical tourism offers a lot more than savings.
For those of you with health insurance, two private hospitals in Costa Rica are setting up US insurance offices in their billing departments specifically to work with US insurance claims.
Here are some common procedures in the 3 main categories:
1. Breast Augmentation
2. Full Face Lift
3. Mommy Makeover (Breast lift/abdominoplasty)
4. Eyelid Lift
5. Rhinoplasty (nose)
Note: Dermatology is also very popular with (1) Melanoma removal, (2) Botox and (3) Laser resurfacing.
Out Patient Procedures
1. Cataract Removal
2. Laser surgery (Lasik)
1. Upper stomach/intestine scope for biopsy (Colonoscopy)
2. Abdominal Hernia repair
1. Small joint Repair (arthritis)
2. Rotator Cuff (tendons & muscle)
*These procedures usually require an overnight stay at a hospital or private clinic, then a 3-5 day recovery time at a Recovery Retreat facility where you are pampered with healthy food, fresh air and excellent nursing staff for bandage changes and cleansing of the surgery sites.
In Patient Hospital Surgeries: Orthopedics
1. Arthroscopy of Knee (Knee replacement)
2. Hip replacement
In Patient Hospital Surgeries: Cardiac
1. Balloon Angioplasty
2. Stint in Coronary Artery
3. Triple Bypass – Coronary
In Patient procedures usually require a minimum of a 3-5 day hospital stay and then 3-5 days in a rehabilitation/healing retreat center (depending on the surgery and with no complications).