Spinal stenosis is a medical condition in which the spaces between the spine become narrowed. It makes the space between the spinal cord and the nerves connecting to the arms and legs smaller, thus causing them to compress. Symptoms include loss of balance, pain, numbness, tingling, muscle weakness, and loss of bladder and bowel control. While mild cases of the condition do not need surgical treatment, severe cases may require surgery and decompression, a procedure that removes the bones and tissues compressing the spinal cord and nerves. Patients can also take advantage of more innovative and significantly less invasive surgical procedures including the use of advanced interspinous devices. All these treatments are widely available in Southeast Asia.
The Southeast Asian region has become well-known for its medical tourism industry. Many globally recognised hospitals in countries such as Singapore, Malaysia, and Thailand are accredited by the Joint Commission International (JCI) for the quality of medical care they provide. These hospitals combine medical expertise, modern facilities, high-powered equipment, and excellent medical staff to deliver exceptional patient outcomes.
Malaysia is a popular destination for orthopaedic procedures such as spinal surgeries. To uphold the high standards of the medical care the nation strived to achieve, the government formed the Malaysian Medical Council or the Medical Licensing Authority of Malaysia. The council makes sure that all hospitals in the country meet certain standards in nursing care and hospitality. Aside from the excellent quality of medical care it provides, Malaysia also has a lot of good hotels and accommodation options, most of which are available at an affordable rate. The country also has an excellent public transport system making it convenient for medical travellers. Its host of luxurious hotels, resorts, and other tourist attractions also make Malaysia a good place for recuperation after a comprehensive spine surgery.