Depending on your treatment you will be advised on the after-care program.
Although going abroad for medical treatment is your choice and decision, it is a good idea to inform you G.P. of your proposed treatment. Your G.P. may be a point of contact with the after-care in which you receive when you return home.
The cost of each procedure will vary. You will need to pay for your treatment directly to the hospital/clinic. On arrival home, send in your invoice to the HSE for reimbursement. Your travel expenses and/or accommodation costs are not covered under the directive.
Search for accredited institutions and certified orthopaedic doctors with years of experience behind, who are skilled in the latest diagnostics and prefer less non-invasive or minimally-invasive methods.
Within orthopaedic surgery naturally there are further sub-specializations such as hand or ankle surgery, orthopaedic implants or sports medicine, but in general it should be noted that orthopaedic treatments is quite time consuming. Patients who seek orthopaedic surgery abroad should keep in mind that therapies and the recovery period of orthopaedic surgery can be quite lengthy, even in case of minimally-invasive sports injuries.
Quality health care is within your reach, and with the possibilities of international travel and global quality assurance systems, searching for medical treatments beyond the borders is more convenient and safer than ever.
Medical procedures always have a risk of complications; in the same way you choose a trusted healthcare provider in your home country, there are several things you can do before travelling abroad for healthcare. Asking a family member or friend to travel abroad with you can also prove to be a valuable resource. Most importantly, you should:
If you go to a clinic or hospital with experience treating international patients, it is very likely that both doctors and nurses will speak English. Most of these hospitals also have a medical translator and interpreter service.
You should ask your destination hospital or clinic about follow-up care before making the decision to go abroad. Generally speaking, the doctor will advise you on how long you should stay in the hospital, how long you should wait before flying, and discuss your follow-up care options, such as scheduling nurse visits to your hotel.
This depends on the type of procedure you’re getting, your general condition, and how long your flight home is. However, some procedures have a longer follow-up time, such as surgeries of the eyes, ears, abdomen, and vascular system. The changing cabin pressure can cause Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT), particularly if you’ve had lower limb surgery. It is most important to check with your surgeon before making travel arrangements.
We recommend that you do as much research as possible. Find out who your doctor will be, get a personalized treatment plan and quote.
Find out if the facility has the resources for your procedure, meaning if you are going for a hip-replacement, do they have a designated orthopaedic surgery program, with specially trained doctors, nurses and equipment to care for you? Do they have a surgical intensive care unit? How many beds?