A transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) is a complex procedure performed to repair the valve without removing the damaged one. A replacement is instead placed on the aortic valve’s place to regulate blood flow. This life-saving medical procedure becomes a necessity when the aortic valve is blocked. However, due to the high cost, hundreds of patients in the United States and other western countries, particularly those who are not covered by medical insurance, are unable to undergo the procedure. If you’re one of them, your best option is to travel to Southeast Asia where the cost is up to 75% cheaper.
Health care facilities in the region, especially in Singapore, Malaysia, and Thailand, have vastly improved that they are now capable of performing difficult procedures such as TAVI, angioplasty, and valve replacement.
Most medical facilities in these countries offer robotic surgery, which reduces both operation and recovery time due to minimized swelling, bleeding, and bruising. Singapore, in particular, has been recognized several times for being at the forefront of medical advancements in the field of cardiology. Determined to stay competitive with other first-world countries, the Singaporean government consistently invests in its medical facilities and cutting-edge technologies, ensuring world-class treatment and exceptional results.
Meanwhile, cardiologists and surgeons, who are accredited to serve medical tourists, typically boast of decades of experience and impressive educational background and years of training. Most of them have studied and trained in Western countries with few pioneering cardiac treatment techniques that are now widely used around the globe.
With all these benefits, Southeast Asia is definitely the best medical travel destination if you’re seeking affordable but high-quality TAVI and other cardiac procedures.