Gallbladder calculus (gallstones) develops in the gallbladder due to mineral salts and cholesterol buildup. While small gallstones do not normally cause any symptoms, big ones are particularly worrying as they can obstruct certain parts of the body. When this happens, the patient will be at risk of developing serious medical conditions, severe symptoms, and complications such as cholecystitis (gallbladder inflammation).
Recent advances in medical technology have made it easier to treat gallstones. The rise of minimally invasive surgery has made it possible to remove them without the need for a large incision. This type of surgery, which is also called laparoscopic or keyhole surgery, is simpler to perform, causes minimal scarring, and has a lower risk of complications. Patients also experience less pain and recover faster.
Minimally invasive surgery for the removal of gallbladder calculus is widely available in Southeast Asia, a region now known as one of the most trusted medical tourism destinations in the world mainly because it uses the same latest technologies in medicine and surgery that are currently being used in the West.
Despite this, the region strives to keep its healthcare costs low making advanced keyhole surgery affordable and easily accessible to more people. This is why it is no surprise that more and more people looking for laparoscopic gallstone removal are going to Southeast Asia.
The top medical destinations in the region today are Singapore, Thailand, and Malaysia. All three countries actively improve their medical facilities and work very hard to make medical tourists feel more at home. They do so by adding complimentary services that make things easier and more convenient for patients such as in-house translators, special accommodation offers, airport transfers, and even sightseeing tours. Patients in Southeast Asia also get to experience the region's signature hospitality and its amazing culture.