Westerners Head to Southeast Asia for Spinal Fusion Surgery

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Why Westerners Head to Southeast Asia for Spinal Fusion Surgery

Lumbar spinal fusion surgery is a major surgical procedure that has an average cost of $62,000 in the United States and other Western countries. In some hospitals, the cost can reach as high as $115,000. As such, some patients who need the surgery but are unable to afford it look for alternatives outside of their country.

One of your best options when looking for an affordable but high-quality spinal fusion surgery is going to Southeast Asia. The cost difference for this surgery in Western countries versus Southeast Asia is between 50% and 75%. Singapore offers the same procedure for around $9,000 while Thailand and Malaysia are even cheaper alternatives.

Aside from saving thousands of dollars, travelling to Southeast Asia offers additional benefits. These include:

  • Internationally-accepted standards of medical care - In terms of medical care quality, Singapore offers the best in the region. Its healthcare system was ranked 6th by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and Thailand, Malaysia, and other Southeast Asian countries aren’t far behind. As such, medical travellers in Southeast Asia can expect internationally-accepted standards of surgical and medical care particularly if they elect to have the procedure done in one of Southeast Asia’s hospitals accredited by the Joint Commission International and International Standard Organisation (ISO).

  • Cutting-edge methods and surgical technologies - Just like in Western countries, many hospitals and medical facilities in Southeast Asia are equipped with state-of-the-art technologies, such as 3D imaging systems, computerised navigation systems, high-precision surgical technology, and minimally invasive surgical tools that aid in the delivery of fast and effective treatments with high level of accuracy.

  • Western-trained surgeons – A growing number of surgeons practicing in Southeast Asia and serving medical travellers were trained at some of the world’s most prestigious medical facilities. Many of them are also trained in minimally invasive and robotic-assisted surgical procedures that further optimise patient outcomes.

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