Health-tourism.com estimates the number of medical tourists thronging Mexico to vary between 150,000 and 500,000 every year. If you are considering medical treatments in Mexico, you may have a few questions and concerns. This is not only completely normal, but also wise. Whenever you are making a major decision regarding your personal health, you should take the time to understand all of the dynamics and possible risks of your desired surgery.
Some television shows have depicted the ugliest side of medical tourism in countries like Mexico, thus leaving potential medical tourists fearful. While it is good to consider things, it must also be taken into account that these shows are dramatized versions of reality. Almost all concerns regarding medical tourism in Mexico have solutions. Here are some of the most common hesitations:
How Do I Ensure That I Will Get Quality Care?
Whether you are going for breast augmentation in Cancun or dental implants in Tijuana, the most common way to ensure you get the best possible care is to do your homework.
- Read up about the doctor who will be treating you.
- Check the credentials of the medical facility where you will get your treatment.
- Try to get testimonies from patients who have had the same treatment at the same facility.
If you do the aforementioned research, your chances of getting quality care while in Mexico go up exponentially.
How Will I Get Follow-up Care?
It is a good idea to make sure that your general physician in the US knows that you are about to undergo medical treatment abroad. You should fill your local doctor in on all of the details so that when you come home you have a doctor familiar with your case on hand should you need it.
Mexico – Safety Tips
Every day we keep on reading about the safety issues in Mexico. However, following the travel advice issued by the government of your country and being vigilant can help ward off the likelihood of any untoward incidents. When you are a tourist in a foreign country you should take certain precautions. Some of those include:
- Don’t venture out alone with people you have just met.
- Don’t stay out late while alone.
- Don’t walk around in places with few people, even if with a friend.
- Don’t carry large sums of cash around with you.
- Don’t accept drinks from unknown persons in bars.
- Do be alert and attentive.
- Do travel with a friend or companion if possible.
- Do build a good relationship with the front desk reception of the hotel where you are staying.
Can I Go Back to the US Right After My Procedure?
The one mistake many medical tourists make, is rushing back to the US immediately after their surgery. If you are getting a treatment such as cancer treatment or IVF in Mexico, you may be required to stay for a few days, so you can get the required follow-up care and recuperate well in order for the procedure to be a success.
Listen to the advice of your doctor. Give yourself ample time to recover in Mexico. You have to remember that you just underwent surgery! Rest and relaxation are required for at least a few days. If this seems impossible to fit into your schedule, just remember that failure to recover properly could lead to complications later, which could result in months of recovery
Our guest author Bio:
Dr. Deepika Garg – Dentist, Internet Enthusiast, now involved in Medical Tourism.