Nephritis is a general term that refers to the inflammation of the glomerulus, a tiny network of looping blood vessels that filter the blood. The condition negatively impacts the kidney’s ability to filter waste from the blood and in severe cases, it can lead to kidney failure. It can develop silently over several years without symptoms. However, some patients notice blood and/or protein in their urine, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol brought about by reduced kidney function.
Nephritis is best treated during the early stages when it is highly responsive to nonsurgical treatment. In severe cases wherein the kidney has totally stopped working, renal or kidney transplantation may be in order.
Regardless of the severity of the condition, patients with nephritis can access the treatment they require by going to Southeast Asia, a well-known medical tourism destination not just in the West but also within the Asian region.
Southeast Asian countries, which include Singapore, Thailand, and Malaysia, offer comprehensive care for all known medical conditions regardless of their severity. These countries have a long list of Joint Commission International (JCI) accredited medical facilities that cater to local, regional, and international patients. Many of these hospitals have dedicated kidney care departments staffed by renal specialists, many of whom have studied and/or trained in Western countries such as the United Kingdom, United States, Canada, and Australia, among others. With their impressive qualifications, patients are assured of accurate diagnosis and world-class treatment that can significantly improve their prognosis.
Travelling to Southeast Asia for medical treatment offers other benefits aside from having access to world-class healthcare. When compared to travelling to Western countries, going to Southeast Asia is considerably more affordable. The cost of the majority of medical procedures, which include kidney transplantation, is up to 75% cheaper in countries such as Malaysia and Thailand and up to 50% lower in Singapore.