Diabetic neuropathy is a type of nerve disorder caused by diabetes. It develops over time as high blood sugar levels injure the nerve fibres throughout the body leading to symptoms including pain, tingling, and numbness commonly in the legs and feet. It is considered as the most common complication of diabetes and affects up to 50% of all patients with type 1 and type 2 diabetes mellitus.
For diabetic neuropathy patients, treatment can be a long, taxing, and expensive process. This pushes many of them to consider going abroad where they can take advantage of affordable treatment for their condition.
Over the years, Southeast Asia has become one of the most ideal destinations for patients with diabetes. The region offers easy access to modern technology and new techniques in treating the condition at a more manageable cost compared to other popular medical tourism destinations such as the US, Canada, and Europe.
Diabetes itself is a difficult disease, but when combined with diabetic neuropathy, patients also have to cope with near constant pain. Thus, medical tourists find it to their advantage that treatments in Southeast Asia are almost instantly available, with practically no waiting time. This is a huge improvement over hospitals in the West, where many patients have to go through a long waiting period before actually receiving treatment.
Additionally, the region is now home to an impressive number of world-class hospitals with the sought after accreditations from the Joint Commission International (JCI) and International Standards Organisation (ISO). These two organisations aim to uphold the standards of healthcare systems all over the world by awarding their seals of approval to hospitals that meet certain criteria. These criteria focus on the hospitals’ medical technology, professional skill and experience, and the quality of nursing care, areas in which many Southeast Asian hospitals excel at. Many of these hospitals have dedicated endocrinology services and specialty clinics that offer specialist care for patients suffering from diabetes and its complications.