Gastric erosion is a medical condition where the mucous membrane that lines the stomach wall becomes inflamed usually due to irritation caused by certain drugs such as steroids and aspirin. But it can also be caused by other factors, such as emotional stress or stomach injuries. The condition results in stomach bleeding, which can be seen through bloody vomit or bloody stool. Sometimes, the blood may appear black because of the digestive process. If left untreated, the blood loss can lead to anemia.
Thankfully, patients who suffer from gastric erosion can receive the care they need by going to Southeast Asia, a region best known in recent years for providing high-quality but affordable medical care. One of the outstanding medical destinations in the region is Malaysia, which has several gastroenterology clinics that specialise in the diagnosis and treatment of gastric erosion and other gastrointestinal problems. In an effort to maintain the large number of medical tourists traveling to Malaysia for treatment, hospitals in the country invest heavily in their medical facilities and technologies to deliver the best possible treatment outcomes. These include cutting-edge diagnostic equipment such as CT scan, MRI, and endoscopy, which come in handy for the treatment of gastric erosion.
In Malaysia, up to 90% of doctors are trained abroad. Their exposure to techniques and technologies used in the US and UK is one of the reasons why the quality of healthcare in the country has been steadily improving.
Malaysia has its own gastrointestinal endoscopy unit at the University of Malaya Medical Centre. The centre has already provided advanced endoscopic services to a large number of patients, and many of them are medical tourists. It has also become a popular training ground for aspiring doctors who want to specialise in endoscopy. The centre has trained even doctors from neighboring countries in Southeast Asia and the quality of endoscopic therapy it offers has gained recognition from the World Organization of Digestive Endoscopy.