The three east African mothers departed Uganda together – Destination: New Delhi, India; Secret mission: “mommy makeovers”.
They hoped these elective cosmetic procedures would enable them to return to their husbands looking trimmer, healthier and sexier. They wanted their tummies tucked and breasts firmed up so they could again wear swimsuits with confidence. They also wanted to heighten their experiences during those intimate moments they shared with their husbands.
Although they described their trip to India as: “a girls-only fun trip”, I continue to have real concerns and reservations about medical tourism.
For one thing, it is more difficult to check the credentials of the surgeon in foreign countries as each country has its own set of certification standards, some far more lax than others. I wrote an article several years back vicing my concerns. It’ an oldie, but till a goodie. Read it now.
The big advantage of course is money. You can save a bundle of it by going abroad! So if you decide to go ahead with your surgery outside of the USA, Here are a few things you need to look into in advance:
Check the certification standards of the country as well as the training and experience of the surgeon. Know that accreditation and other measures of quality vary widely across the globe.
Ask about the facility where your surgery is to take place and the quality of the follow-up care you will receive. What are the standards for certification of the facility? Who will be monitoring your follow-up care, where and for how long?
Finally, look into the malpractice laws of that country. Many of the countries that provide medical tourism have weak malpractice laws, so the patient has minimal recourse to local courts or medical boards if something were to go wrong.