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April 1, 2011

Abdominoplasty, Health Benefits as well as Good Looks!

big saggy bellyIn today’s world, a big saggy belly isn’t exactly what one would call socially acceptable. It is clear by the number of people getting plastic surgery, that having a well shaped and toned body is becoming a necessity. Abdominoplasty, better known as the tummy tuck, is one of the most sought out procedures to remove excess stomach fat. Losing the extra stomach mass not only ensures good looks, it also has healthy benefits. Ever since medical tourism became popular, more and more people have begun to fly away to get affordable plastic surgery without having to compromise health safety. A large increase in medical tourist from the US and Canada have made Costa Rica a favoured destination for plastic surgery.

Going out of shape is a gradual process that is a result of poor eating habits and lack of physical activities. The best reason to have the tummy tuck surgery is to remove sagging skin or loose tissue as a result of major weight loss or pregnancy. In the human body, there are two types of abdominal fat deposition known as the apple shaped belly, and the pear shaped belly.

The apple shaped belly is much more prone to heart conditions because the fat concentration is mainly around the mid abdomen. The pear shaped belly, also known as the stubborn fat is formed due to an increase in the deposit of fat around the hips and thighs.

Abdominoplasty is a procedure performed under anaesthesia and may last longer than 3 hours. There are certain things you should not do before having this surgery, but mostly you should avoid strenuous physical activities for long periods of time before and after the surgery.

The tummy tuck is a surgery that has helped improved the quality of the way people live; it has been known to help improve people’s social and professional lives.

June 11, 2010

Costa Rica Shuts Down Popular Stem Cell Clinic

Medical tourism is a significant contributor to the Costa Rican economy, as anything from dental work to cancer treatments can be bought at a fraction of the cost, compared to countries like the United States. However, the health ministry has decided to close an unauthorized, but popular stem cell clinic in Costa Rica despite potential economic losses. The health ministry made this move as they say there is no concrete evidence showing that the stem cell treatments are effective or even safe. However, some of the patients are inclined to disagree.

Many of the patients feel that shutting down the clinic is a mistake as they expressed their opinions and shared stories of how the treatments have helped their conditions. A man who was paralyzed from the waist down said he noticed some feeling in his legs after the treatment, while another man, suffering from multiple sclerosis, told of how stem cell treatments helped him regain some of his basic functions.

However, due to a lack of controlled clinical testing, there is no way to determine if the patients were aided by the treatments or other factors. Because the safety and efficiency of stem cell treatments is not quite clear, experts are worried that many ill people are being taken advantage of. Yet, a woman who noticed an improvement in her condition after her $30,000 stem cell treatment in Costa Rica, shared how the $300,000 she’d spent on treatments in the United States had not helped her.

October 16, 2007

Medical Travel Tips

Filed under: Uncategorized — Ashlynn @ 10:44 am

What is a medical vacation?

A medical vacation is the act of traveling to another country for quality healthcare. Did you know that many countries around the world offer a variety of affordable medical, surgical, and dental treatments with no waiting lists? By exploring your options overseas, you’ll not only take the vacation of a lifetime but you’ll receive the medical treatments you deserve.

Tips for Planning Your Medical Vacation

  1. Research the Medical Facilities

    The first tip is to carefully research the different destinations and their medical facilities. Medical vacation websites are great places to collect information from. You can read the blogs, forums, and the user reviews of each that you research. Contacting people who have experienced medical tourism will give you more confidence towards your own trip. Ask those people on their views about whatever hospital or dental clinic you want to visit. You can check the accreditation, mortality rate, success rate, educational background of physicians, nurse: patient ratio, and medical history of each establishment as well.

  2. Research the Medical Destination

    It is strongly advised to research the country before you embark on a medical vacation. Gather information on the country’s background (history), criminal activity, climate, facilities, places of interest, culture, and customs. Keep in mind that many popular medical tourism destinations are in developing countries, and thus, they often have less infrastructure and fewer conveniences. Some medical tourists are not always prepared to cope with the culture shock that they sometimes experience when they travel abroad for the first time.

  3. Contact a Medical Travel Website

    The selection of a hospital overseas can be difficult and confusing. That’s why many tourists avoid the hassle and deal with a reputable online medical tourism company. These companies were created as a reaction to the exorbitant prices of health care in the United States and the increasingly long wait lists of Canada and the United Kingdom. The right company will help you plan and create your vacation itinerary, giving you the opportunity to choose the destination, facility and date of your surgery.

    Make sure you also ask how much time you should allot for your trip (including recovery), since this information will be very important when booking your flight.

    The following are important questions you should ask before agreeing to anything.

    • Who exactly will be performing the operation or medical treatment?
    • What medical qualifications, certification, and experience do they have?
    • What accrediting body certified the medical facility?
    • What is the international hospital’s success rate for this procedure?
    • What internationally agreed standards does the medical facility meet, and are their inspection reports available for your review?
    • What nursing and administrative support is available before, during, and after your treatment?
    • What liability will the overseas medical facility assume in the event of negligence or accidents?
    • What accommodations are available before, during, and after your treatment?
    • What happens if the treatment is incomplete or unsuccessful?
    • What party or parties are financially responsible if follow-up visits are required?

MedSolution is your passport to a world of safe and affordable healthcare options. For a complete list of medical services and medical tourism destinations please visit http://www.medsolution.com. Or call our toll-free number 1-800-984-0457 to speak with a patient care coordinator.

October 10, 2007

Medical Tourism In India

Filed under: Uncategorized — Ashlynn @ 8:26 am

Medical tourism is a great way to combine your dream vacation with a much needed medical or dental treatment. It can be generally defined as provision of cost effective private medical care in collaboration with the tourism industry for patients needing surgical and other forms of specialized treatment.

Medical Tourism In India

The medical tourism industry in India offers world class medical facilities, comparable with any other country in the world. India has some of the best international hospitals and doctors. Medical tourists are an expanding group and one of the leading in the field is India.

Other highly attractive benefits include:

  • the opportunity for patients to save money;
  • no waiting lists;
  • and a great way to see the world.

Affordable Medical Procedures

Medical tourism in India offers low-cost treatments for heart surgery, joint replacement, gastroenterology, ophthalmology, transplants, cosmetic surgery, and dental care.

Located in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, is the Krishna Heart Institure and Specialty Clinic. It is one of India’s leading medical facilities and offers quality medical care for its international patients at affordable prices.

Benefits Of The Medical Tourist

As a medical tourist you’re getting the best of both worlds, not only do you receive affordable, quality healthcare you also get the chance of a lifetime to see the world. Before or after your medical procedure you can tour the world famous India Gate, Red Fort, Taj Mahal Rajasthan, or swim at the serene beaches in Goa, or hike the mountains of Himalaya. The total price of an overseas treatment with airfare, hotel accommodation and even a few days of vacation is often far less than just the procedure cost back home.

India’s Growing Medical Tourism Industry

The medical tourism industry in India is growing up to 30% annually (as per research). India is quickly becoming a “global health destination.” A newspaper article recently in “India Abroad”, showed the potential for medical tourism, when it outlined a deal where India could earn more than $1 billion annually and create 40 million new jobs by sub-contracting work from the British National Health Service. The deal would have broad appeal. It would slash waiting times dramatically in the UK and create huge savings in time and money for patients. The potential for medical tourism in India from the UK and US looks set for major growth as India becomes a preferred destination for medical tourists from these countries.

Benefits of Medical Tourism in India

  • Costs of comparable medical procedures in countries like India are far cheaper than western countries.
  • The choice is entirely up to you as to where and when you would like your medical treatment performed.
  • Hospitals in India sometimes provide help with visas, travel arrangements and accommodations.
  • One of the main advantages of medical tourism in India is that the English language is freely spoken and understood in India.
  • Even after adding the costs of airfare and accommodation the final price is far cheaper than what similar treatments cost in countries like the United States. In many western countries because of a shortage of doctors and hospital beds patients have no choice but to wait for medical operations. Patients, who opt for medical treatments aboard in countries like India, need not wait for treatments.

MedSolution is your passport to a world of safe and affordable healthcare options. For a complete list of medical services and medical tourism destinations please visit http://www.medsolution.com. Or call our toll-free number 1-800-984-0457 to speak with a patient care coordinator.

September 22, 2007

Planning a medical vacation?

What is medical tourism?

Simply put, medical tourism is the practice of obtaining medical services outside one’s own country. Since gaining momentum in the U.K. and Europe several years ago, medical tourism has risen to be one of the world’s fastest growing healthcare industries. As the quality of international surgeries in countries such as India, Thailand and Poland have grown in reputation, so has the accessibility of world-class facilities in countries such as France.

MedSolution – Your advocate for affordable medical vacations

MedSolution.com is a private company established to assist you in exploring your global healthcare options. We connect patients with international hospitals in order to save them money and time. We were created as a reaction to the exorbitant prices of healthcare in the United States and the increasingly long wait lists of Canada and the United Kingdom.

Located in Vancouver, Canada, MedSolution.com currently has partner hospitals in India, France, Turkey and El Salvador and offers a wide range of affordable surgical services, including cardiac, orthopedic, gastric and cosmetic.

MedSolution.com believes that quality, timely and affordable medical treatments should be available to everyone. More and more people are taking medical vacations for their treatments, but the selection of a private hospital abroad can be difficult and confusing. MedSolution.com is proud to take the guesswork out of the equation for our patients.

We only align ourselves with international medical facilities that can meet our highly stringent set of criteria for professionalism, competency, cleanliness and safety. All staff at our international partner hospitals must speak fluent English and provide us proof of training and insurance. For more on our partner hospital criteria, please visit our Hospital Criteria section.

MedSolution.com does not charge our patients for the services provided. We are paid by the hospitals and therefore can negotiate a much better price than one could negotiate on their own. In addition to arranging low cost surgeries, MedSolution.com can organize flights, hotels, site-seeing and help with passport and visa applications. Our goal is to make the process as easy as possible for our patients.

MedSolution.com is committed to providing you with the opportunity to choose the destination, facility and date of your surgery. There are no wait lists with MedSolution.com.

We are dedicated to the continued development of partnerships with international facilities, thereby offering our patients a wider range of destinations and medical services.

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MedSolution.com is a private company established to assist you in exploring your global healthcare options. Call us toll free at 1.800.984.0457 or visit www.medsolution.com for information on how to book your medical vacations.