Traveling Abroad for Surgery? Top Tips to Help You Prepare

Having surgery, whether minor or more invasive, is always a worry. Even if you’ve had a procedure before, it’s only normal to feel nervous and worried as the date of your operation approaches. This is only intensified if you are traveling to a different country. Many people choose to go abroad for medical procedures, either because of costs, quality of care, or simply to find something that isn’t yet on offer at home. Foreign hospitals can have a lot to offer, even those studying a healthcare degree or an online masters in health administration at home often move abroad to find work in foreign health systems. If you are considering a trip abroad, here are some great tips to help you prepare.


This isn’t always possible, but if you can, visit the country and hospital beforehand. It can help you feel safe in your decision and a little more comfortable when you arrive.
If you’re not able to visit, do as much research as you can before committing to anything. Research the hospital, learn a little language if you need to and gain an understanding of their attitudes towards healthcare and recovery.

Speak to Perspective Doctors

Doctors abroad are the same as at home. They’ve all got different experience and qualifications. Talking to them via email, phone, or skype before you go can help to alleviate any concerns. Ask any questions you may have and make sure they are the right person for the job.

Plan Your Travel Carefully

Remember your journey isn’t just a flight. You’re going to have to travel to and from airports too. Don’t forget to factor this in. If you are traveling alone, you’ll need to move your bags. Is this going to be possible? Be realistic and plan everything to the tiniest detail.

Give Yourself Plenty of Time

You don’t want to be rushing at any stage of your trip. So, make sure you’ve got plenty of time to travel and that you are arriving in enough time to settle before your appointments. Do you need any tests before the operation? Ask your doctor and make sure you are where you need to be when you need to be.

Make Sure Paperwork is in Order

Those studying an online EMHA degree from the University of Southern California will know how much paperwork is involved in healthcare. Make sure you’ve got insurance documents if you need them, printouts of any confirmations or appointments from the hospital, as well as your flight and hotel documents. Keep these in a separate folder in your hand luggage.

Plan Your Recovery

If you’re just traveling for tests or scans and can come straight home, great. If not, you need to consider your recovery time. This is something else to research and ask your doctor about. When will you be able to fly home? Take everything you need to make your recovery comfortable if you are in for an extended stay.
When it comes to looking after your health and ensuring you can live a long and happy life, going abroad for an operation doesn’t seem that big a deal. But, that doesn’t mean it’s not scary. Plan carefully and make sure everything is organized to calm your fears. Good luck!

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