FAQs

What about “after-care”?

Depending on your treatment you will be advised on the after-care program.

Do I have to tell my G.P.?

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.

How much will it cost?

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.

How To Choose the Best Orthopedic Services

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.

  • Try to opt for orthopaedic surgeons who view their trade with an interdisciplinary approach.
  • If you have problems with your hip, look for a hip specialist! Always turn to a corresponding specialist at home or abroad alike.
  • Try to gain first-hand experience from ex-patients; they can be a reliable source of information if you wish to go beyond the doctor’s certificate and official recommendations. It is essential that your specialist have a compassionate and humane attitude towards his patients.
  • If you are in need of and orthopaedic surgery abroad, make sure to have a specialist who is multilingual and you can have a common channel of efficient communication. There is nothing more frustrating when you cannot put your expectations or uncertainties through.
  • If you travel abroad make your expectations concerning accommodations, follow-up treatments crystal clear.

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.

 

Are medical procedures abroad safe?

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:

  • Consult with a doctor at home and find out whether you are a suitable candidate for the treatment.
  • Research the procedure so you understand how to prepare and what to expect after treatment.
  • Do a quality check of the hospital and doctor. What accreditation do they have? How often has the doctor performed this procedure? What will happen in case of a complication?
  • If possible speak to patients who have visited that clinic and read patient reviews.

Will the doctors and nurses speak my language?

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.

Should I arrange follow up care?

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.

When can I fly home after treatment?

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.

I’m considering traveling abroad for my care. What should I do?

We recommend that you do as much research as possible. Find out who your doctor will be, get a personalized treatment plan and quote.

What are the benefits of travelling abroad?

  • You have the opportunity to travel to wonderful locations and spend the recovery time in a relaxed environment, free from everyday stress.
  • No waiting lists, quick response and immediate action.
  • Excellent medical care in reputable hospitals with top notch technology.

Is the facility accredited or otherwise distinguished professionally?

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?