Dangers and risks of plastic surgery overseas
South Africa reports huge increase in patients
- Duration 4:37
- Date Jan 6, 2013
South Africa reports huge increase in patients
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New warnings to tell you about about cosmetic surgery procedures done overseas.
The -- and the number of people doing dramatically going up for instance South Africa as reporting a huge increase.
In patients doctor somebody is this a problem or are a lot of Americans going over and getting plastic surgical procedures done by doctors overseas because it's cheaper and you know and and are those doctors qualified to do it.
Well Rick I think 2013.
You have to look at medicine as real global and we have patience.
According to shoot educated they're going to look for the best doctors we have Americans that are flying out there and a lot of them -- coming over -- to get the best care.
But you know the truth is that medical tourism happens.
Number one reason is really the cost you have cardiac surgery that's going on in this country.
That will cost about a 15274000.
If you don't have insurance whereas in other countries in India Mexico others could be twenty to 30000 and that's one of the reasons.
What we're going there the other thing is access to they really have access to health care that's the second reason I finally quality of the surgery and availability.
We have for example when it comes a robotic surgery not too many countries out there have the technology available as -- especially as it might filled with prostate cancer so they may not have enough.
Experience -- the volume -- we have a lot of patients are coming in.
As a medical tourism but what I have to -- to the patient is if you're willing to do this if you're willing to go to other countries are -- here.
Look for the best doctor look at what kind enough.
It accreditation they have to have it done the residency is there malpractice.
Any kind of complications if you're going to go to a foreign hospital.
Is it really like -- -- accredited place are they using all of this very this sterilization.
Technique as the way we use over here.
-- cover yourself and make sure you know.
Who is doing your operation whether -- -- generous there assistant etc.
it's a complicated issue.
But as long as you're well educated and I think it's a good idea if one of your patients were to come to you doctor -- and Sam.
That gonna go in and you know getting my a nose done in South Africa whatever we were talking lovable or what would you say that what kind of question should they be -- well -- some of.
-- -- -- covered already one thing I would tell them don't combined with a vacation and the idea that you're gonna go on a safari and then also go to South Africa or go to Brazil and go to Rio and then go.
-- -- -- -- -- -- I'm not for -- I think you should keep straight about what some medical procedure where something can go wrong the Deloitte console console thing in 2009 said that.
Americans are going overseas some of them -- shots for malaria if they're going to Thailand.
It's 80% it's 20% less if you go to Thailand to India for heart procedures rather cost 20% of what of course here.
But do you get the same quality you get the same doctors that you know here now full disclosure.
I actually clear some patience for David for.
Procedures -- -- robotic surgery that come from all over the world but you know what they checked him out.
-- -- better than patients here have they know he's invested a checking from Israel they -- them from all over Europe.
You don't need they already come here knowing about his reputation that's what you have to do if you leave here to go somewhere.
I think that's a good point and doctors might let me ask you this all the questions that you both recommend that you ask of a -- surgeon.
He should ask if you're surgeon here about the hospital and go -- -- the hospital.
Ask about sterilization procedures.
But the other thing is when you go to these other places.
And you say don't combine it with eighty.
-- cosmetic surgery is surgery at -- you may -- need the anesthesia.
It's not not a vacation it's not a light thing.
You have to worry about all those -- 300%.
Then you've obviously we have a lot of technology -- here it's safe etc.
but look I think the medical tourism.
Looking at countries like India Mexico Singapore they are trying to compete with us -- are trying to really raise the quality of care.
I mean -- of hiding from this on both sides.
This will push us as surges to do a better job to really take of our patients.
For the hospital -- to really give them this concierge medicine to make them feel like they're not sick.
And are not really have to go through these holdings and -- season etc.
You know for my patients become year to get a great operation I put them on.
Facing Central Park because -- wanted to feel that they have cancer all of that is part of the psyche.
Off off not having cancer that is pleasing to try it but I think you don't have look at abdominal surgery or plastic surgery and John -- swimming pool.
And I want attention that's common sense and follow up you have to be careful -- after the -- -- and I have so it worked that in time life's great advice stocks.