Considering overseas cosmetic surgery? Here are 9 tips to consider before booking your flight.
1. Book an appointment with your GP
Talk to your GP about their opinion of the procedure and whether you are a suitable candidate. You may also want to discuss with them a suitable local surgeon willing to assist with after care or any other post-surgery complications.
2. Provide medical records
If your local doctor is willing, ask them to provide the overseas doctor with your medical records in preparation for the operation.
3. Do extensive research
Research the accreditation credentials of your chosen hospital or surgery. The Joint Commission International sets quality standards for hospitals that participate in its program of review.
4. Ask the right questions
Find out the qualifications of the doctor and any other staff who will be looking after you. Ask them the number of times they’ve done the procedure and their error rate. You want someone that has had lots of experience with a decent error rate.
Ask generally about the success rate of the procedure. Try to speak with or meet the surgeon before the operation day to ensure you have the same expectations. It’s also important that you feel comfortable around them.
5. Is the technology safe?
Ask about the quality and safety of the technology used as well as sterilisation and resuscitation procedures, infection control and the quality of any implants used.
6. Ensure the hospital and doctors have medical indemnity insurance
And if you are using a medical tourism company discuss their procedure for when things go wrong.
7. What happens afterwards?
Be clear on recovery time and what aftercare will be required. Be diligent with all post-surgery care as it can be the key to a successful treatment.
Arrange suitable accommodation for recovery. Some hospitals will offer facilities but always check first.
If it’s financially viable, have a friend or family member accompany you to assist with recovery. It’s also helpful for dealing with the psychological and emotional process of surgery.
8. Flying home
Book the most direct flight home after your procedure to prevent blood clots.
9. Back at home
Once you arrive home, keep in touch with your GP and seek immediate help if worrying symptoms or complications develop.
Author: Sharon Goldstein with Rebecca Long
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