The appendix is the small sac of tissue found in the first part of the colon in the lower right abdomen. Several medical conditions can affect this organ including carcinoid tumours, appendiceal carcinoma, adenomas, and diverticular disease. However, the most common is appendicitis or the inflammation of the organ, which leads to various symptoms including pain around the belly button and lower right side of the abdomen, nausea, vomiting, constipation, and diarrhoea. An inflamed appendix must be removed as soon as possible as it can rupture and spill infectious materials into the abdominal cavity.
Many international patients with appendix disorders choose to seek treatment in Southeast Asia to benefit from the region's advanced and affordable medical care.
Southeast Asian countries such as Singapore, Thailand, and Malaysia are home to highly qualified gastroenterology specialists who manage and treat all conditions that affect the appendix. These specialists can be found at many internationally recognised hospitals and dedicated gastroenterology clinics. Many of them, particularly those who are working at Joint Commission International (JCI)-accredited medical facilities, are highly experienced and trained in Western countries such as the United States and United Kingdom. They also have easy access to the most advanced diagnostic and surgical technology allowing them to provide accurate diagnosis and the most effective treatment.
Medical tourists in Southeast Asia can expect more than high-quality care and services. As the region invests heavily to further grow its medical tourism industry, it also offers international patients the following:
- Affordability – The cost of living in many Southeast Asian countries such as Thailand and Malaysia is significantly lower than in the West. This translates to affordable medical care that international patients can easily take advantage of.
- Global standards of care – As technological advancements in healthcare become widely available in Southeast Asia and as the region continuously invests heavily in international training for its doctors, the quality of medical services it offers meets or even exceeds international standards.
- Immediate service – Medical tourists are typically placed in most hospitals’ priority list, which translates to minimal to zero waiting time. This is important, as some disorders of the appendix require immediate treatment to avoid serious complications.