The creation of AV shunt is a pre-dialysis procedure used to create an artificial vein in the body. Also called an arteriovenous (AV) fistula, it is an artificial, surgically created connection between the vein and the artery that will be used for removing and returning blood during dialysis. Patients who are not good candidates for a renal transplant or those who do not have a compatible donor are dependent on dialysis. The success of the procedure is greatly affected by a successful AV shunt creation. This also affects the long-term health and life expectancy of the patient.
Thus, it is very important to find a fully equipped hospital and a highly skilled surgeon when having an AV shunt created. Fortunately, Southeast Asian countries such as Singapore, Malaysia, and Thailand are home to several state-of-the-art hospitals and dedicated medical facilities that specialise in renal care. The Joint Commission International (JCI) and the International Standards Organisation (ISO) have accredited many Southeast Asian medical centres for their ability to provide high-quality medical care that meets international standards. Such accreditations are awarded only to hospitals that have advanced facilities and equipment and are staffed with the best and most experienced doctors, surgeons, and specialists.
Many renal specialists and surgeons who are currently practicing in Southeast Asia have completed their training in the United States and Europe. This allows them to make innovative methods and advanced techniques that are used in developed countries easily accessible to patients in their home countries. For these reasons, Southeast Asia has become recognised all over the world as a hub for those who wish to seek high quality but affordable medical treatment abroad.
When compared to travelling to the United States and Europe, medical tourists get the same quality and standards of care as they would if they choose to go to Southeast Asia. The only difference is the amount of money they have to pay. Renal care services in Thailand, Malaysia, and Singapore are up to 75% cheaper when compared to the United States and Europe.