A hernia occurs when any of the body’s internal parts pushes through a weakness in the surrounding tissue wall or muscle. In the case of an inguinal hernia, the fatty or intestinal tissues in the groin push through the inguinal canal (a passage in the anterior abdominal wall) causing a bulge along the groin or pubic areas. The standard treatment for this condition is surgery where the bulging part is pushed back into the stomach. It is a very common operation with a high success rate when done by a qualified, well-trained surgeon.
Although the procedure is widely available in many Southeast Asian countries, more and more patients prefer to have it performed in Singapore, Thailand, or Malaysia. Below are the reasons why:
- Highly qualified surgeons – Many surgeons practicing in Thailand, Malaysia, and Singapore have impressive qualifications. Most have completed their specialist degrees and fellowship training in Western countries such as the United States and United Kingdom. With qualifications and skill set that are on par with their western counterparts, these surgeons can offer the highest quality of surgical care that meets international standards.
- Low cost – The cost of comprehensive medical care remains low in countries such as Thailand and Malaysia. This is attributed to the region's lower cost of living when compared to Western countries.
- Minimal to zero waiting time – Many countries in Southeast Asia do not have an adequate number of hospitals or highly trained surgeons to carry out certain procedures, leading to long wait times. In Singapore, Thailand, and Malaysia, international patients are placed on hospitals' priority list so they are attended to at their earliest convenience.
- Convenience – Many healthcare providers in the countries mentioned above offer end-to-end solutions providing medical tourists complete assistance including airport pick-up and drop-off, booking hotel accommodation, and processing medical insurance claims, among others, to make the whole process as hassle-free as possible.