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Western Standards of Treatment for Uterine Prolapse in SEA

Uterine prolapse is a medical condition in which the uterus, commonly known as the womb, protrudes out of the vagina due to the weakening of the pelvic floor muscles. The condition can affect women of any age, but it is more common in those who have had multiple vaginal deliveries. In some cases, the condition is very mild that treatment is not required. However, treatment is recommended if the patient is suffering from urinary and bowel movement problems, having sexual concerns, or if there's tissue protruding from the vagina.

Uterine prolapse is managed by a gynaecologist, a doctor who specialises in the female reproductive system. To diagnose the condition, a simple pelvic exam is performed to assess how far the uterus has slipped into the patient’s vagina and to check the strength of the pelvic muscle. Severe cases of uterine prolapse require a surgical procedure to repair the weakened pelvic floor tissues, and in some cases, the removal of the uterus is also warranted.

International patients who do not have access to a highly qualified gynaecological surgeon in their country or those who simply want to benefit from Western standards of healthcare without spending a fortune can travel to Southeast Asia where several hospitals are accredited by the Joint Commission International (JCI) and other reputable international accreditation bodies. Examples of these hospitals are KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital in Singapore, Bangkok Hospital Medical Centre in Thailand, and Gleneagles Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia. These medical facilities are some of the most technologically sophisticated hospitals not just in the region but also in the world. With their heavy investments in their medical facilities and equipment, they empower their surgeons to perform surgeries using breakthrough methods, such as via laparoscopy, which significantly minimises recovery time and post-operative pain. Despite delivering Western standards of healthcare, these hospitals allow patients to save up 75% of the cost when compared to going to the United States or Europe for treatment.

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