Haemothorax is a medical condition characterised by the accumulation of blood in the pleural cavity, the space between the two membranes that line the lungs. The condition can occur due to penetrating or blunt trauma to the thorax, as a complication of a recent thoracic surgery, pulmonary infarction, lung cancer, or a blood-clotting defect. Its symptoms include chest pain, shortness of breath, rapid heart rate, and anxiety, among others.
Haemothorax patients can travel abroad to receive immediate medical attention. This is crucial to avoid serious complications associated with delayed treatment including a collapsed lung, which can lead to respiratory failure, fibrosis, and empyema. For patients in Southeast Asia, such as those from Indonesia, their best options include their neighbouring countries - Singapore, Thailand, and Malaysia - where highly qualified thoracic surgeons can be found. Surgeons practicing in these countries are highly experienced in the surgical treatment of this condition that aims to stop the bleeding and remove the excess air and blood in the pleural space. Their expertise is complemented by the region’s many first-class private hospitals that are fully equipped with the most advanced surgical tools and equipment allowing surgeons to perform the procedure either by inserting a tube through the chest wall (minimally invasive) or through an open surgery called thoracotomy.
Recognising that medical travel can be daunting for many medical tourists, hospitals in the region that cater to international patients also offer comprehensive packages providing end-to-end assistance from airport pick-up to send off after treatment. They also place medical tourists on their priority list not just to ensure that they receive the immediate medical attention they require but also to help them minimise associated expenses such as accommodation.