Cholangiectasis is a medical problem caused by the abnormal dilation of the bile ducts. It is usually due to stones, tumours, strictures, cysts, or sometimes even parasites that obstruct the bile ducts. In some cases, however, the problem is congenital in nature.
If a doctor thinks a patient has cholangiectasis, the patient will need to undergo several tests. Thanks to advances in medical technology, there are now many imaging methods that can help diagnose a dilated bile duct. These include computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans, endoscopic ultrasound, cholangiography, and endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP).
Many hospitals in Singapore, Thailand, and Singapore now also offer therapeutic endoscopy. This means that endoscopy is used both for imaging and treatment. For patients with cholangiectasis, this means that they don’t have to undergo an open surgery for the treatment of their condition.
The availability of advanced endoscopic technology is just one of the many reasons why Southeast Asia is now a popular medical tourism destination. Aside from being advanced, medical care in the region is also equal in quality to medical care offered in the US and Europe.
But even though the quality is the same, medical care in Southeast Asia is way more affordable. Malaysia currently has the lowest healthcare costs. Its costs are lower compared to Singapore. In fact, patients can save up to 70% of their money if they choose Malaysia over the United States or developed European countries.
Aside from that, Southeast Asia’s doctors and nurses mostly have diplomas from international medical schools. Most of them lived, studied, and trained in the US and UK. They bring the expertise of Western hospitals back to Southeast Asia. This has helped improve the quality of medical care in the region. The expertise of their doctors as well as the advanced medical facilities they have helped many Southeast Asian hospitals get accreditations from the Joint Commission International (JCI) and International Standards Organisation (ISO).