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Tips for Medical Travelers

Tips for Medical Travelers

Tips for Medical Travelers

Do Your Research when Choosing a Medical Provider

Las Vegas has been blessed with excellent medical professionals and a large number of quality hospitals and clinics. Even so, as a potential patient and traveler it is important that you take the necessary time to research your options in order to choose a doctor and medical facility that fits your needs and budget. Failure to do so could lead to an unpleasant medical tourism experience if not a sub-par procedure outcome. In the previous chapter you will find a list of recommended facilities with their contact information.

Don’t be Shy

When researching your options, don’t be afraid to ask for information such as doctor’s CV’s, medical outcomes or hospital performance indicators that will help in your decision making process. Most hospitals will be happy to provide this information. As a traveling patient, it is important that you have as much information as possible in order to make a decision that will be in your best interest.

Bring a Companion

Bringing along a companion is always recommended, particularly if you will be undergoing a procedure that will leave you debilitated for any length of time. Companions can provide much needed physical and emotional support that can make your medical tourism experience much less stressful.

Travel Comfortably After Surgery

Depending on the type of surgery you have undergone, it may be wise to purchase tickets in first or business class. This is especially true for orthopedic procedures such as hip and knee replacements, cardiac surgery, and  neurosurgery – where space and the possibility to stretch your legs will reduce the risk of Deep Vein Thrombosis and allow for a much more comfortable flight. It is also advisable to travel light, particularly if you are traveling alone. You don’t want to be dragging a heavy suitcase after a delicate surgery.

Give Yourself Extra Time

Plan your trip so that you have a few extra days to rest before going back to work or your regular routine. Not only will this give you time to fully recover, but it will provide you with a little buffer time in case you must spend more time in the hospital than you originally planned for. This is your unique opportunity to dedicate time to yourself and your healing process. Remember, mind, body and soul is important for a full recovery.

Keep Your Medical Records and Important Contact Information in your Purse or Hand Luggage

Make sure to keep important information handy at all times. Be especially careful not to pack medical records, prescriptions or important contact information in checked baggage as these can be lost or temporarily delayed.

Network with other Patients who have already been to Las Vegas for Medical Tourism

One of the best ways to prepare for your medical trip to Las Vegas is to speak with past patients about their experience. What was their recuperation like? What restaurants do they recommend? Nothing beats listening to someone who has already been there and done that. Talk to your Las Vegas doctor or hospital contact and request to speak to past patients. In many cases they will have a list of patients who have granted authorization to be contacted from prospective patients. This information is invaluable for selecting your destination for medical or wellness care.

Get as Much Information about the Medical Procedure Process as Possible

  • How much will the surgery or treatment cost?
  • Who will pick you up at the airport?
  • Who will be your main contact at the hospital or clinic?
  • How many appointments you will need?
  • How long you will be in the hospital?
  • How will you get from the hospital to your hotel?
  • How long is the post procedure recuperation period
  • Ask for a detailed schedule of tests and appointments, etc.
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