It is sensible to compare services, treatments, costs and credentials of a handful of providers (see our section on cost comparisons) and read some patient testimonials before committing. An informed patient is more able to make an informed decision so read up about the procedure you are interested in having and ask which techniques or materials will be used and what the advantages or disadvantages are.
Consider the time available for your trip to India. The length of stay will vary from hospital to hospital and when you can fly home will depend on the procedure you are having and the recommendation of your doctor/surgeon. The ideal length of stay ensures there are no complications so you can travel back home safely but some situations may require staying longer, in which case building some flexibility into your schedule is a good idea - just in case - because it is preferable to be seen by the doctor/surgeon who treated you in India.
Decide whether you will go alone or if there is a close friend/member of the family who could accompany you. If you are going alone many companies will provide 'escorts' or 'travel care coordinators' to collect you from the airport and arrange everything for you - even your tourist activities - so the whole experience is made smooth and pleasant for you.
Discuss any pre-existing conditions with your General Practitioner and consider the impact of a 10 hour flight on your health. Check also whether your GP considers you fit for flying. Depending on their circumstances some patients may need to confirm with the airline that they will be allowed to travel long-haul.
Be careful not to allow the allure of a holiday in a richly spiritual and exotic destination become more important than the procedure to be undertaken. It may be more advantageous to have this operation/surgery closer to home if further treatment or follow up’s are needed.
Most people feel some anxiety about having a major operation and doing so in foreign territory could raise concerns about safety, so do your research and ask all the questions you need of the provider/agency until you feel happy with your decision.
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