4 Top Tips for Medical Travel and Overseas Surgery


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An increasing number of Australians are choosing to undergo surgery overseas. While for some patients their primary concern is the cost of their treatment, others may choose to undergo minor surgery while they’re on holiday, or have other reasons for choosing an overseas treatment option.

Here are our four top tips for ensuring you have a great experience and increase the likelihood of seeing the results you want from overseas surgery.

1.      Do Your Research

Research is always important when you’re planning to undergo surgery, even more so when you’re planning on travelling abroad for treatment. You should be looking for a clinic with a demonstrable record of providing the treatment you are looking for, while also ensuring they are accredited against Australian medical standards*. MacList contains details of accredited overseas clinics and doctors in addition to those situated in Australia.

By doing your research, you ensure you are exposing yourself to the highest standards of treatment and aftercare. If you need a second opinion, simply use MacList which will reduce the time you spend trying to locate other suitably qualified and accredited practitioners. 

2.      Travel Light, and Wear Loose

Depending on the type of surgery you are undergoing, you may well be told to take it easy for some time after leaving the clinic and travelling home. While you will usually be asked to ensure you’re not travelling alone, it is still better if you travel as light as possible as the chances are you’ll need to move around a bag or a case even for just a small amount of time. Buying a lightweight case that has wheels and is easy to maneuver around should be considered a must, too.

In terms of what you’re going to pack, there are two things to consider:

  1. Where you’re going
  2. The type of surgery you are undergoing

While you will get advice from your surgeon in specific instances, in general the best thing to do is to opt for loose fitting clothing, which will keep you comfortable both from a climate and a post-surgery perspective.

3.      Pack Your Travel Essentials

What would you usually pack in your travel essentials? You need to take more or less exactly the same range of items, and double and triple check to ensure you have everything you need. You also need to consider taking additional items to ensure that you’re going to be both comfortable and entertained while you are recovering, particularly if you will be remaining overseas for a period of time before returning to Australia.

Add the following to your checklist:

  • An iPad or Laptop so you can watch movies, read, or use social media.
  • Plug adaptors.
  • Travel pillow.
  • A handful of books.
  • Compression stockings for flying.
  • Dry shampoo and body wipes in case you’re unable to shower or bath while a scar or stitches are healing in the days immediately following surgery.

4.      Being Prepared

When you have your consultation and then confirm you wish to go ahead with your treatment, ensure you listen closely to what you’re told about what you need to do in terms of your recovery and in the days immediately following surgery. As you’re going to be overseas, this is even more critical than usual – if there’s something you need it isn’t as simple as getting a family member or friend to bring you something.

Speak with your overseas doctor and ensure you have a routine in place for your time abroad after your surgery as well as your flight home. You should also make prior arrangements for any aftercare you require when you’re back in Australia.

Being well prepared will ensure you are set up for a comfortable recovery and reduce the potential for complications.

Medical Travel and Overseas Surgery

Remember that you can find accredited overseas clinics using MacList, and fund your treatment using a MacCredit payment plan. MacCredit offers a range of payment plan options including refinancing, ideal if you need to borrow more in future to pay for additional treatment or another visit to your overseas clinic.

*Make sure your surgeon is accredited by the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ISAPS)

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