Cosmetic gynaecology expert warns of dangers of medical tourism
28 September 2011A cosmetic surgery specialist has urged people to think twice before choosing to have procedures carried out by second-rate clinics in a bid to save money. An increasing number of people are opting to go abroad to have operations carried out, a trend that has been labelled medical tourism. But professionals are warning that trusting a doctor who may not be properly certified could lead to complications during and after the operation. Dr Mark Scheinberg, a cosmetic surgery expert from Florida who specialises in vaginoplasty, stressed that aftercare following an operation in a foreign country usually isn't straightforward. He said: "Choosing the surgeon is one of the most important decisions a patient makes. The patient's health and well-being should be a higher priority than saving a few dollars on a surgery that could go wrong." According to business research and consulting firm Frost and Sullivan, the medical tourism industry was worth around $78.5bn at the end of 2010 and that is expected to grow to $100bn by 2012. But despite the increasing popularity of heading abroad for treatment, Dr Scheinberg warned people not to go in blind. He said: "Patients should do their research and find out as much as they can about the procedure. It is important to learn about the treatment before diving into it, so a patient can know what to expect."