In our previous post we looked at health & wellness cruises, one of the more relaxed and relaxing areas of medical tourism. But today, something much more serious will take center stage.
Neurosurgery is the area of medicine that involves surgical procedures and non-surgical management of disorders of our nervous systems and associated blood supplies. And of all the areas of modern medicine, it may be the most complex.
Prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation are all key components of advanced neurology care which includes treating diseases of the brain, our most amazing organ physiologically and one which is still not fully understood.
So it’s neither surprising that neurosurgery can be quite expensive, nor that it’s frequently sought overseas by medical tourists hoping to save money and, in some cases, receive more expert, more readily available care.
Some of the top medical tourism destinations for neurosurgery include South Korea, Thailand, and Singapore because of their Joint Commission International (JCI)-accredited hospitals, world-class neurosurgeons, and relative cost-effectiveness.
But our first look will be at the affordable medical tourism in Turkey, a country whose 48 JCI-certified hospitals include several that count state-of-the-art neurosurgery among their specialties.
One of them is Anadolu Medical Center, a 268-bed specialty hospital located just outside Istanbul that’s affiliated with America’s prestigious Johns Hopkins Medical Center. Anadolu’s range of cutting-edge technology means it’s well-equipped to deliver the safest possible brain tumor surgeries like craniotomies, and at significant savings.
And it’s not only in Turkey where overseas patients can enjoy lower costs for hi-tech neurosurgery procedures. Johns Hopkins in the US estimates that a craniotomy will set patients back about US$40,000, whereas the neurosurgery center at esteemed Bumrungrad International Hospital in Bangkok, Thailand has a median cost of US$17,000 for the procedure.
Also at Bumrungrad, the primary stroke program in their neuroscience center has received JCI-accreditation for its exemplary stroke treatments which meet international guidelines and adhere to all US clinical protocols – so you know the standards for all their neurosurgery procedures are high.
Gamma knife radiosurgery is a type of radiation therapy employed by highly-skilled neurosurgeons for the treatment of brain tumors and other brain irregularities, and it is highly sought after in Singapore.
In fact, there is a whole facility dedicated to the procedure there. The Gamma Knife Center – part of the famous JCI-certified Parkway Hospitals Group – features a highly-trained team of oncologists and neurosurgeons who perform the operation in a safe and extremely hi-tech environment.
South Korea is another standout medical tourism destination, and its Wooridul Spine Hospital in Seoul and Busan is considered one of the world’s finest facilities for minimally-invasive spinal operations. Many of their doctors have certification from the American Association of Neurological Surgeons and deliver procedures that result in relief from a wide range of neurospinal disorders.
Neurosurgery is indeed a highly complex area of medicine, but due to its expensive price tag it’s becoming more and more popular with medical tourists in search of expert surgical care that’s more affordable overseas.