Those who want larger breasts or a slimmer body are often tempted to travel outside the United States to engage in plastic surgery. Although they save a lot of money on the first procedure, long-term costs and risks may not be worthwhile, according to a new study.
Researchers from the Brigham and Women's Hospital explored the dark side of medical tourism a person travels to a foreign country for cosmetic surgery or other types of medical procedures.
"Many are thinking about medical tourism as a wealthy patient traveling to be supplied to high quality medical facilities overseas, but what we are reporting here are repercussions. This can happen when patients return to their home countries to become elective undergo plastic surgery at a lower price, "said Dr. Dennis Orgill, study author and medical director of Brigham and Women's Wound Management Center, commented.
In a small study, Orgill and his colleagues analyzed the health data of 78 US patients who had plastic surgery abroad. Participants had performed a variety of procedures, but tummy tucks and breast augmentation ̵
After returning to the United States, many patients suffered from complications such as surgical site infections, pain, hernias, and wound healing disorders. For example, a woman suffered from skin damage about three weeks after the tummy tuck in the Dominican Republic. It turned out that the 43-year-old still had an outflow and suffered from a serious infection. She underwent surgery and was eventually left behind with a deformed stomach and scar tissue (as seen in these graphic shots .)
These complications burden not only the patient, but also primary care providers, insurers, and plastic surgeons Surgical teams not involved in the original operation, "wrote the authors in their publication, published in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery .
To cover the high costs associated with their complications, the majority of patients relied on Medicaid. Fifteen of the participants had private health insurance. Although the sample size of patients is low, the study shows the increasing popularity of bargain procedures.
"We hope that this study will draw attention to this emerging problem and encourage others to report results related to medical tourism treatments and patterns, the authors conclude in their work." We hope that the global community for plastic surgery Surgery will promote better solutions to these complex problems. "