The ear, nose, and throat medical field (known as otolaryngology), describes a discipline that deals with treating diseases and disorders in the ears, nose and throat, as well as the respiratory and upper alimentary systems and related structures of the head and neck. Any medical condition in one of these organs can cause discomfort and pain. Not treating the illness can also cause damage to important functions that ear-nose-throat are responsible for such as hearing, swallowing, smelling and even breathing.
Common conditions such as chronic earaches, colds, sinus problems and sore throats, as well as more complicated conditions like loss of hearing for instance, can cause people serious problems on a daily basis, preventing them from functioning normally. Oddly, patients can get used to these conditions and forget what it is like to having their full hearing ability or breathing without congestion. Patients often treat their illnesses on a timely basis, believing they have no other choice but to accept reality.
Well, there are ENT conditions that have solutions in the form of permanent treatments or surgery. Sinus surgery, tonsillectomy, ear implants and more, there are many ENT procedures available that can help chronic otolaryngology patients.
However, a problem may arise when patients are denied the surgery or treatments that are supposed to improve their quality of life and heal their conditions. This is a situation that can arise from the lack of proper medical insurance coverage (or any at all) causing treatments to be very expensive or due to long waiting lists for a specific procedure. Either way the patient is remained untreated with a diminished quality of life.
One solution that is gaining momentum is medical tourism, which can potentially help patients go through treatments anyways. But before we take an in depth look at the medical tourism solution for a grommet insertion surgery, we will address the more general question of “What is medical tourism".
The phrase “medical tourism" (sometimes referred to as “medical travel") comes to describe the phenomena of patients traveling across national borders to undergo surgery or other medical treatments. Some may think that this is a new trend, but this is not the case as it has been documented that patients have been traveling to undergo treatments elsewhere for centuries.
Due to the reasons mentioned above, patients may also prefer traveling for surgery when another country has a higher level of expertise as well as more advanced research in the specific medical field, in this case otolaryngology. Once a patient cannot properly receive treatment locally, they will look for a realistic option of medical treatment abroad.
Today, this industry is booming as more and more patients are traveling to countries around the globe with hospitals up to par with American medical standards. Thanks to a rapid improvement in transportation means and the fact that the internet has made our world grow smaller, patients may choose to travel abroad for a diagnosing, major surgery, prolong treatments, outpatient surgery and more. This of course also includes sinus surgery.
Sinus Surgery Abroad
As those who suffer from sinus problems already know, this can be a very frustrating condition. Sinus problems can cause difficulty in breathing, smelling, and changes in one's voice and taste, all this before even mentioning the pain and discomfort sinus infections can cause.
A common surgical option today is the FESS operation, Functional Endoscopic Sinus Surgery. After more traditional treatment methods or medication have failed, an
Otolaryngologist may recommend this option. During this operation, with the use of an endoscope to minimize skin trauma, the surgeon will thoroughly clean the mucus (that is creating blockage and infections), remove existing polyps and straighten the nasal septum, if required. This should solve the patient sinus conditions.
If the patient cannot go through this procedure in his home country, they can travel abroad instead. In an age of which the medical gaps are constantly closing, a patient can receive the same medical care for much lower prices in different parts of the globe.
So how will one inquire about this possibility once in need? It's all available online. Patients can do the research and look for preferred destination countries, credible hospitals and experienced surgeons, or they can turn to a professional medical tourism facilitator who will assist them with all their needs and preferences and accompany them through their medical journey.
When a patient will be traveling to a foreign country for sinus surgery, they will arrive in the hospital where they will be accepted by their attending doctor who will go over all the details of the procedure and send them to the proper preliminary tests. Assuming all is in the ordinary, the surgery will be performed within a few days of the arrival followed by recuperation period at a proper recovery facility. After the operation, the patient will of course receive specific orders from the surgeon, post-surgery medication and follow-up instructions.
Once the sinus surgery is done, the patient is free to enjoy a major benefit of medical tourism, touring and vacationing once the recovery process is over. One can go on to enjoy a relaxing or adventurous vacation in the area and country they are in.
So the next time you hear about an ENT surgery applicant that may be looking for alternative options, you can recommend the option of Medical Tourism, it may be suitable for the patient.
This Article has been written by Stuart Ben, A professional medical tourism facilitator. You can read more about otolaryngology surgery abroad here: ENT surgery Abroad : Ticketmed and about surgeries Abroad here: Medical Tourism