Medical tourism exhibition prompts warnings from BAAPS

An exhibition to showcase treatments offered abroad taking place in London this weekend has prompted warnings from the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (BAAPS).

Daily Mail reported that 120 clinics from around the world will take part in the event that seeks to promote medical treatments from cosmetic surgery to kidney transplants or dentistry in other countries. For example, the showcase will include a centre in Barcelona that offers heart surgery for £4,500 and a clinic in Malta that offers rhinoplasty (nose jobs) for under £3,000 with flights and accommodation included.

Philip Archibald, a director for Treatment Abroad - the company that is sponsoring the event - claimed that balanced information would be offered. He said:

"Patients need to do the research…we urge people to check infection rates and the surgeon performing the operation."If the information is not available, go somewhere else. You have to check the place you are going to does what it says on the tin."However, the showcase has attracted criticism from a number of industry insiders and some experts have claimed that the practice of traveling abroad for treatment could be a false economy as post-operative complications would have to be dealt with by British doctors. According to the Daily Mail, Douglas McGeorge, president of BAAPS, said: 'As a surgeon, I frown on holiday surgery and am amazed that people go for these so-called deals. Complications do occur and are usually left to the British system to pick up.'The Health Tourism Show 2008 claims to be the first of its kind in the world and will take place at the Olympia in London.