A diaphragmatic hernia is a medical condition in which an abdominal organ moves into the chest through an opening in the diaphragm. Its symptoms include difficulty breathing, bluish skin colour (a sign that the body does not receive enough oxygen from the lungs), faster heartbeat, and bowel sounds in the chest area, among others.
A diaphragmatic hernia, which can be either congenital or acquired, is treated as a medical emergency and is corrected with a surgical procedure that puts back displaced abdominal organs from the chest back into the abdomen.
Patients in Southeast Asia with this condition can seek surgical treatment in Singapore, Thailand, and Malaysia where the most advanced diagnostic and surgical technologies are widely available. These countries have many Joint Commission International (JCI)-accredited hospitals that manage diaphragmatic hernias the same way in developed countries such as the United States and United Kingdom. These hospitals feature modern medical facilities and are staffed by highly qualified surgeons with years of experience and expertise. Many of these surgeons have trained in prestigious medical institutions in the West bringing home the best medical practices and advanced knowledge with them.
Travelling to Southeast Asia for any medical procedure is becoming more and more popular to international patients, not just from Asia but also from as far as Western countries. This is because Singapore, Thailand, and Malaysia continuously invest millions of dollars to improve their medical infrastructures and medical facilities as they strive to become the global leader in the field of medical tourism. Aside from offering top-quality medical services, they also strive to keep the cost low. When compared to the United Kingdom, United States, Canada, and other Western countries, medical services in the region can be up to 75% cheaper. Thus, medical tourists can still save thousands of dollars even when other associated costs, such as accommodation and airfare, are factored in.