Biliary stricture, also known as bile duct stricture, is a serious medical condition characterised by the narrowing of the bile ducts. As the bile ducts narrow, the flow of bile into the intestine is disrupted or blocked, causing it to back up towards the liver or even spill into the blood. Patients with severe strictures may require immediate biliary decompression through surgical, endoscopic, or percutaneous methods. Thus, they need to consult a team of specialists composed of a gastroenterologist, an infectious disease specialist, a hepatobiliary or pancreatic surgeon, an oncologist (if the stricture is malignant), and an interventional radiologist.
However, for many patients, it can be challenging to access quality treatment for such a rare condition. Ideally, they should find a specialised centre with access to therapeutic ERCP and biliary interventional radiology so they have all their possible treatment options at the ready. Such specialised healthcare facilities, complete with a roster of specialists and an impressive portfolio of the most advanced medical technologies and techniques, can be found in Southeast Asia.
The best medical care centres in the region can be found in Malaysia, Thailand, and Singapore. All three countries boast world-class medical facilities that are equipped with the same innovative and breakthrough medical technology as other developed countries. The main difference, however, lies in the cost, as Southeast Asia makes the world’s most advanced treatments more affordable for its foreign visitors.
Medical tourists travelling to the region have no reason to worry about the quality of treatment, though. Despite making biliary stricture treatment significantly more affordable, hospitals in Southeast Asia still adhere to international standards, motivated by their countries’ active investments in the field of medical tourism. This is especially true for hospitals and institutions with a Joint Commission International (JCI) accreditation, which they have to maintain by ensuring that their facilities, technologies, and staff meet JCI’s rigorous credentials.