Elbow joint contracture refers to a condition where the elbow joint becomes significantly stiff leading to reduced function and mobility. The condition, which makes even simple activities extremely challenging, can be caused by dislocation or fracture, arthritis, or even a simple fall.
Many international patients suffering from this condition travel to Singapore, Thailand, or Malaysia for comprehensive treatment. These Southeast Asian countries are recognised as medical tourism hubs and enjoy a great reputation for delivering world-class medical and surgical treatment without the associated exorbitant cost.
In these countries, the condition is managed with a procedure called elbow contracture surgery release, the same treatment method used in the United States, United Kingdom, and other developed countries. Due to the availability of advanced surgical equipment in Southeast Asia, this procedure is typically performed arthroscopically, which means that instead of making a long incision, an endoscope is used and inserted into the joint through a small incision. This advanced method reduces blood loss and other risks and complications associated with traditional open surgery.
Although the procedure is widely available in many parts of the world, many international patients choose to have this performed in Southeast Asia. Reasons include easy access to world-class technologies and surgeons trained in minimally invasive procedures that do not just reduce risks and complications but also improve treatment outcomes. Another compelling reason is the low cost. With Southeast Asia’s thriving medical tourism industry, patients who seek high-quality surgical treatment do not have to travel to the United States or United Kingdom where the procedure costs thousands of dollars. In countries such as Thailand and Malaysia, patients can save up to 75% of the cost without compromising the quality of medical care they receive.