A respiratory obstruction refers to a blockage in the airway, which involves the trachea, larynx, and pharynx. This can be caused by several factors, such as infections or allergic reactions in the throat, foreign bodies, big pieces of food, injury to the upper airway, vocal cord problems, and throat cancer, among others. All obstructions in the airway should be promptly removed to prevent serious complications such as breathing failure, brain damage due to lack of oxygen, and even death. If the cause of the blockage is not clear, patients may undergo a throat x-ray, bronchoscopy, or laryngoscopy.
Southeast Asia, now considered a medical tourism hub, offers comprehensive care for patients suffering from airway obstructions. The region’s many globally recognised hospitals are fully equipped to perform a range of procedures, such as tracheostomy or cricothyrotomy, for the correct diagnosis and treatment of the condition.
Singapore is currently positioned as the top medical destination in Asia, thanks to its long-running medical tourism programmes and its commitment to providing advanced and high-quality medical care to both local and international patients. The country is home to many outstanding hospitals, state-of-the-art research facilities, and hundreds of top-notch physicians. Many of these physicians received their training abroad, and are thus able to provide medical tourists in Singapore the same quality of medical care they are hoping to receive in developed countries for significantly lower cost.
There are many hospitals in Singapore that offer comprehensive treatment for respiratory obstruction. Medical tourists can simply look for the highly sought after Joint Commission International (JCI)’s seal of approval which has been given to many hospitals in the country including Singapore General Hospital, Changi General Hospital, and National University Hospital, among others. Medical tourists can also find a host of JCI-accredited medical facilities in Thailand and Malaysia.