Well, medical tourism has become popular and it’s driven by the price of cosmetic surgery. What is interesting is if you look at the cost of a face lift 20 years ago, a facelift was around $4500 to $5000 and that price has not gone up that substantially. But what has happened is that other countries, because of the ability to travel there, have been able to undercut substantially the prices here in the United States. So you can get a face lift for $2000 in another country. The risk of that is that there may not be recourse if there is a problem, both from a revision standpoint or from a liability standpoint.
So the patient needs to be aware that. As far as a safety issue is concerned, if the patient is healthy and there is not an underlying medical problem, they will probably be okay. The practice of medicine has become a little more standardized even in some of the developing countries. I just think it comes down to a buyer beware. I know there are some who say, oh, you know, you have your surgery somewhere else, the results are terrible. That is not necessarily true. There are some very competent surgeons in some of these other countries. It is just that you need to weight all of those factors: What are you having done, what the risk is, and, whether you are willing to take that risk.
Why US and Canadians Choose to Travel to Cancun for Dental Care?
Patients from the US and Canada are often revealing their frustrations regarding the high costs of dental services in their home country. They arrive here, at our clinic, for affordable dental care, flawless dental work, up-to-date equipment and supplies and of course, the renowned team of dentists. I love seeing them leaving the clinic happy, with a wide smile on their face. So, If you are interested to travel abroad for your dental care, Cancun could be your destiny. You can find packages from $420 to $4,180.
What Is Inguinal Hernia Repair?
The inguinal hernia repair is one that traditionally has been done through a small little groin incision over the area of the inguinal hernia. We would go down and divide the normal tissues above that muscular tunnel, and then open up the roof of the canal and separate the hernia sac from the other important structures that run in the canal, suture that hernia sac closed, and then close things back up. Now we know that there’s a lot of disruption of normal anatomy when we do that, so that technique has evolved over the last several years to now including a laparoscopic approach to that same repair, where we make a very small incision in the belly button, put a camera through the belly button, and then place a suture around that same hernia sac, but using laparoscopic guidance to help place that suture and that results in a hernia repair through very, very small incisions, usually no more than a couple of millimeters in size, although it does require two or three small incisions.
So the advantages of doing it laparoscopically are less pain for the child and a shorter procedure for the child. So less time that’s necessary to be under a general anesthetic for the repair. All we operate on are children and so this is what we do every single day and the laparoscopic repair really is not done by the adult general surgeon. It’s given the extra training that is required to perform a laparoscopic inguinal hernia repair.