Going Abroad for Surgery : A guide to Vasectomy

Also known as ‘medical tourism’: going abroad for medical treatment has become an increasingly popular choice for people who are attracted by cheaper fees and an exotic location.

However this is not without its dangers and you do need to be aware of these before making a decision.

What to consider

You need to consider the costs of your flight and accommodation and if anything goes wrong which would extend your stay. What type of facilities does the clinic have? What is the level of care like? Do the staff speak English? Are they friendly and caring? Is the surgeon highly qualified and experienced at this procedure?

These are just a few of the many questions you need to ask before deciding whether to be treated in the UK or overseas.

We have already mentioned about doing your research on surgeons and clinics in the UK. If you are looking to go abroad then you will need to do this to an even greater extent. You need to find a good, reputable surgeon and clinic that have your best interests at heart and not those of the ‘bottom line’.

It is very easy to be swayed by glossy brochures and high-tech websites but like anything in life, there is a downside as well. Unfortunately there are a small minority of clinics who are only concerned with making a profit and perform at a less than acceptable level.

These are the clinics to avoid.

You may think you are getting a good deal but if something goes wrong then what happens if you have to return to that clinic for further surgery? That means paying out for another flight and possibly accommodation which can work out more costly than the UK in the long run. There are reputable clinics overseas which operate to the very highest standards. These have the best surgeons, the latest equipment and in luxury surroundings and are a good option. If you are considering one of these then make sure that you know what you are paying for and what is or isn’t included. In other words, look out for any ‘optional extras’ or things which you expected to be included and are not.

If something does go wrong then you may have to turn to a surgeon in the UK to correct the damage. This is an option but not one that all surgeons are happy to undertake.

In the majority of cases nothing does go wrong and the patient comes home satisfied and refreshed. But all we can do is to advise you to think carefully and weigh it up against having treatment here in the UK.

Check that your overseas surgeon is ‘board certified’or is registered with the General Medical Council (GMC). Make sure that your have up to date travel insurance and that it will cover the cost of surgery abroad. If your current insurer doesn’t provide this then shop around until you find one that does.


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