Partial lung removal or lobectomy is a surgical procedure that aims to remove the damaged or diseased part of the lungs. It can be recommended to patients diagnosed with lung tumours or cancer that do not respond to traditional treatments.
Depending on the severity of the condition, the procedure can be performed using traditional open surgery, video-assisted thoracic surgery (VATS), or robotic thoracic surgery.
Open surgery requires a long incision in the chest wall to allow the surgeon to access the diseased part of the lungs. VATS, on the other hand, requires only small incisions and uses specially designed surgical tools including a thoracoscope for the procedure. The robotic approach is the most sophisticated method and uses the da Vinci Surgical System that features three-dimensional technology for improved visualisation.
Medical tourists who consider travelling abroad for this procedure may go to Southeast Asia where some of the world’s best hospitals and most talented surgeons can be found.
Medical facilities in Malaysia, Singapore, and Thailand are equipped with state-of-the-art medical facilities and technologies allowing their surgeons to perform the procedure using any of the techniques mentioned above. This is crucial as it provides patients viable alternatives based on their resources, preferences, and overall health condition. Those who opt to undergo the procedure using minimally invasive methods can expect shorter hospital stay and fewer complications.
Although the same procedures can be had in Western countries, more and more medical tourists choose Southeast Asia as their medical destination. Aside from enjoying global standards of care that is comparable to what is offered in the West, the cost of such procedure in Southeast Asia is up to 75% cheaper when compared to the United States and United Kingdom. Even with the associated fees, such as airfare and accommodation, you will still be able to save thousands of dollars.