Percutaneous kyphoplasty is an orthopaedic procedure that aims to fill an injured or collapsed vertebral bone. It can be performed in the lower back (lumbar) or the thoracic region (upper and middle back). The procedure is minimally invasive and performed with the goal to relieve pain caused by spinal compression.
Just like any other medical procedure, it is highly important that percutaneous kyphoplasty is performed by licensed and trained doctors who specialise in spine care. Although it is minimally invasive, serious complications may arise if the procedure is not performed properly.
Patients, who seek high-quality specialist spine care and an assurance of their safety during the procedure, can travel abroad to take advantage of the refined skills and advanced expertise of internationally trained spine care specialists. However, instead of travelling to the United States or Europe, you can go to Southeast Asian countries where the quality and standards of orthopaedic care are on par with Western countries but not as expensive. Travelling to Singapore, Malaysia, or Thailand, for example, allows you to save up to 75% of the cost.
If you are now considering travelling to any of the Southeast Asian countries mentioned above, here are some tips on how you can make the most of your medical tourism journey:
- Carefully choose the hospital or spine care centre for the procedure – There are many medical facilities in SEA that offer percutaneous kyphoplasty. Your best choices are those accredited by international organisations such as Joint Commission International (JCI) and International Standards Organisation (ISO).
- Check the doctor’s qualifications – Some of the world's best spine care specialists are practicing in Southeast Asia. Make the process of choosing the right one easier by reviewing your candidates’ qualifications, years of experience, training, and track record.
- Check and compare prices – Hospitals and spine care specialists’ fees vary depending on many factors such as location and qualifications. Take time to shop and compare especially if the cost of the procedure is one of your major deciding factors.