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Breast Implants: Expertise in the US vs. Abroad?

Breast Implants: Expertise in the US vs. Abroad?

Are breast implants an option with Medical Tourism?

If you are looking into breast enhancement surgery, there are definitely a lot of questions that you will want answers to before you decide where to go, who to see and if it is even affordable. Not only do the costs greatly vary depending on each individual patient, but as insurance companies do not cover elective surgeries such as breast implants, where you go can make a drastic difference in whether or not you are able to undergo the surgery.

How much do breast implants cost?

That depends as it can vary by patient. In the US the average cost of breast implants is about $8,000, with about $3,500 just being the fees for the Cosmetic surgeon. If you opt for plastic surgery abroad in a country such as Costa Rica the average total cost is about $3,200 total according to internationalmedretreat.com

Clinical Examination and Other Various Expenses

Be sure that when discussing the procedure with your surgeon that you also discuss the estimated costs of Healthcare facility and/or medical facility costs, Prescription fees, Post-Surgery Garment, and Anesthesia Costs for the Surgical Procedure.

Because there are no set fees for these elements of the procedure, it is very important to have multiple options and speak with different surgeons. These costs may greatly vary, especially if you are seeing a specialist with years of experience, those years will raise the surgeon’s fees. Many of these fees can be included if you go through a medical tourism company such as the one listed above. The total estimated cost for an all-inclusive medical trip to Costa Rica is about $4,500, this figure includes all the medical fees, transportation, and hotel costs.

However, there are other options to shopping around and going from surgeon to surgeon in the US. Many patients today are turning to Costa Rica for their cosmetic surgery needs. Costa Rica has become a central point for some of the best plastic surgeons in the world, all board certified with state of the art facilities. Not only will companies like International Med Retreat do all the legwork for you, they will also provide you with a Registered Nurse to travel with you, arrange all your accommodations including your means of travel to and from your hotel to the medical facilities. Companies such as these can make the decision process much simpler.

How Do I Choose between Silicone and Saline? If I go Abroad Do They Use the Same Caliber of Product as in the US?

When thinking about cost in comparison of silicone compared to saline breast implants, a key part to think about is the feel and look you are trying to accomplish. Are you planning to go with a much more organic look and feel, or would you prefer a compound that is a bit firmer yet has a comparable make-up to the liquid that makes up most of the human body? Silicon is a natural gel that holds together consistently while keeping the natural give that looks like breast cells. Saline-filled breast implants are filled with a saltwater remedy, the same as the liquid that composes most of the human body yet are slightly stronger to the touch. This is an important part to consider in your breast enhancement trip and one that should be talked about with your doctor.

Yes, the implants that are used by the surgeons in Costa Rica are the same quality of the product as those used by Cosmetic surgeons in the US and are FDA approved but are 60%-70% less.

Do I have financing options?

For patients that are not able to pay for cosmetic procedures in advance, there are patient financing options offered. Funding supplies patients the alternative to reduce the preliminary price of surgical treatment by enabling you to make payments that suit your budget. Some methods have reduced rates of interest that allow you to repay the overall amount much more rapidly. Some specialists might supply financing alternatives through affiliate solutions within their practice, and others might encourage you to look at various other financing companies to discover the one that’s right for you. If you are considering working with a medical tourism company, many offer financing options.  We offer free estimates for these procedures. World Class Medical procedures for 70% fewer costs, but USTrainedd Doctors.  Call today for your quote.  877-549-1212

Affordable Weight Loss Surgery – Are You Eligible?

Written by: Tracy B. McManamon, 2017

Affordable Weight Loss Surgery – Are you eligible?

Affordable Weight Loss Surgery

Obesity still remains America’s biggest health challenge and from the look of things, it will continue being a burden unless an effective intervention is instituted. Why so?

Currently, there are about 78 million Americans who are obese, a number that has significantly increased since a decade ago.

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Moreover, at the moment the most appropriate intervention for persisting obesity is weight loss surgery. Persisting obesity in this context means that the condition has been refractory to any diet changes, lifestyle modification and other healthy and safe weight loss programs. In this case, surgery is considered if the patient meets a certain criteria. Keeping this in mind, there seems to be a lot of hope from people suffering from obesity because weight loss surgery is associated with effective positive results. However, that is not the case because only a few eligible patients are able to get weight loss surgery.

According to the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, in 2013 a meager 160,000 obese patients in the U.S. went through weight loss surgery. This represents around 1% of the approximately 18 million adults that are eligible for the surgery.

Contrastingly, as the figures on obesity escalate, the number of weight loss surgeries being done every year remains at a plateau. The biggest reason behind this stalemate is that many overweight Americans cannot afford to undergo weight loss surgery because many health insurance plans do not cover this. Lack of insurance coverage is considered the biggest hurdle although other factors like economic deterioration and the stigma associated with seeking surgery to treat obesity are contributory factors.

What exactly does it mean when health insurance companies take such a position when it comes to covering weight loss surgeries? In simple terms, about two thirds of patients fail to get coverage from their health insurance and must pay from their own pocket for this surgery. On average, one surgery costs between $15,000 and $25,000. In some cases the insurance company may cover the surgery but only after the patient meets certain stringent requirements. These can be intense ranging from special diets to psychological evaluations. This trend is also seen outside the private sector where only 24 states have made it compulsory for health insurers to cover weight loss surgery for their patients. Unfortunately even with this coverage, patients are still required to pay up to half of the total cost out of their own pockets.

Insurers justify their actions by saying that weight loss surgery is considered as a last resort since it is invasive, life-altering and ‘risky’.

According to the trade group; America’s Health Insurance Plans, health insurance companies are obediently following federal guidelines that recommend surgery only for patients who have been selectively picked out. Using this stance, health insurance companies undertake patients in need of coverage through a selection process. Their aim is to rule out causes like mental and eating disorders that could be contributing to poor weight management. Patients have to go through a period of dieting supervised by their doctor for six months to one year. In addition, patients must take inventory of their eating habits in a journal and also have regular check-ups with their doctor. Most patients fail to maintain all these demanding requirements and opt to pull out.  Insurers thus use this program to reduce the number of patients they have to provide coverage for.

Important to note though is that with advancements made in the field of medicine, weight loss surgery has been deemed safe unlike ten years ago when the practice was new to the industry.

This earlier belief changed with time and by November 2013 a strong recommendation was sent out encouraging doctors to recommend surgery to patients suffering from serious health issues due to obesity. The guideline was put forward by the American Heart Association, the Obesity Society and the American College of Cardiology. It recommends that doctors should determine their patient’s body mass index (BMI) every year in order to aggressively manage obesity.

Weight loss surgery is therefore recommended for patients whose BMI is 40 or if it is 35 and the patient has other concurrent chronic illnesses like diabetes and hypertension. Also known as bariatric surgery, weight loss surgery is available in different forms. Gastric bypass is a type of weight loss surgery that involves bypassing part of the stomach and joining it to the small bowels. It aids in weight loss by ensuring the patient’s stomach holds little food and that lesser calories are absorbed from the small intestines. Gastric band surgery is another different type that involves placement of a ring on the upper part of the stomach to decrease its size.

Most recent studies have proven the efficacy of weight loss surgery.

From these studies, after three years gastric bypass surgery leads to loss of about 30% of extra weight while gastric band surgery leads to loss of 17% of this weight. Such weight loss is significant compared to only 2%-8% that is lost after lifestyle change and diet modification.

Despite such efficacious results of weight loss surgery, doctors supporting weight loss surgery argue that it is not the most economical long term solution for obesity in America. They propose that the best approach is preventative medicine. This entails educating adolescents and children from a young age about a healthy lifestyle; appropriate diet and regular exercise.

The latest trend for affordable weight loss surgery is now in the Caribbean, with US Board Certified Physicians.  Give me a call  at 877-549-1212, to see if this option is right for you.

5 Things You Need to Know About Dental Implants

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1. Dental implants are better than bridges or dentures

Here are a few reasons why:

Replacing teeth may be done in three ways: bridges, implant or dentures.

A) A bridge requires filing two adjoining teeth, making them more susceptible to decay and weakness.

B) The most common problem with dentures is that the fit interferes with one’s taste buds.

C) For an implant, a titanium screw is placed in the jawbone and attached to a prosthetic tooth. With very good durability, a proper implant does not hinder one in any way.

2. Implants are the most expensive of the three:

The problem with dental implants? Cost. Implants are rarely covered by insurance. Practitioners charge $3,000 to $4,500 for a single tooth. Most dentists refer patients to oral surgeons, periodontists, or prosthodontists. But it’s worth paying for a dentist or surgeon who has specialized training if you need an implant near a nerve or sinus cavity. Many insurance companies do not cover significant U.S. dental procedures without a rider, waiting period or plan restrictions and with the high price of procedures done in the US, it can be tough for many consumers to obtain the surgical treatment that they require. However, with companies like International Med Retreat, patients can obtain accessibility to some of the world’s greatest medical professionals, dental experts and facilities that make obtaining high-quality, low cost dental implants feasible.

3. Not all dental implants are equal

Most dentists use implants made by the original Swedish manufacturer; studies have found that these implants have high success rates (90% or more). There are also some newer, generic implants that are cheaper but may not have been studied yet. It is advisable to know the type of implant used by your doctor and how successful it is. A single tooth implant typically costs $1000 to $3,000. However, the price can easily inflate to $5,000 to $10,000 if extractions, extensive imaging and/or modeling, bone graphs or similar procedures are required. However, through International Med Retreat, you can receive low cost dental implants in high quality hospitals in Costa Rica at 60% to 70% less than the same procedure done in the States, this includes the price of travel and follow-up care.

4. There are affordable Alternatives And Options

A. Go to Costa Rica through International Med Retreat.

Complete with its internationally acknowledged centers, hospitals, board certified and experienced specialists, Costa Rica offers affordable, easy and secure dental medical treatments. Companies such as International Med Retreat can provide indispensable help making the decision of where and who you go to for your oral procedures. International Med Retreat presently supplies All-on-4 Implants, Oral Bridge, Dental Crown, and Root Canal treatments in Costa Rica.

5. Timing can also help

Implants are usually a two-part procedure– initial placement of the implant, then overlaying it with a crown after 6 to 12 weeks. If you know you require one, schedule the initial procedure at the end of a calendar year, then have crown placed on in the following year.

Is Gastric Bypass Surgery- Right For You?

Written by: Tracy B. McManamon, 2017

Losing weight can be hard. There are hundreds of diet plans and exercise videos out there that all claim to help you lose large amounts of weight in a very short period of time. Many of us realize that it is impossible to do so and that weight loss requires hard work and dedication.

There are some individuals who despite the very best efforts are unable to lose significant amounts of weight in order to look the best they can be. Doctors now recommend that these individuals who are struggling with being overweight seek gastric bypass surgery as an option to lose weight. Here we take a look at this procedure in a little more detail.

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What is gastric bypass surgery?

Gastric bypass surgery is a surgical technique that is aimed towards reducing the size of the stomach so that the quantity of food that is consumed is lowered. By performing the surgery, the amount of calories ingested every day reduces remarkably and, subsequently, the body fat is burnt to supply the body with energy. This results in significant weight loss in a short period of time.

How is gastric bypass performed?

In order to perform gastric bypass surgery, it is essential that all individuals have undergone rigorous diet and exercise routines in an attempt to lose weight first. Realizing that this can be quite difficult to do, some people fail despite the very best efforts.

Gastric bypass is performed under general anesthesia with a laparoscopic approach. In the first stage of bypass surgery, the stomach is accessed through an incision in the abdomen. Through these incisions, small instruments are inserted that help visualizes the stomach and the neighboring structures. The stomach is then divided into a small upper section and a large lower section. The small section now becomes a part of the human digestive tract while the larger section remains as a standby and serves no purpose. The smaller pouch can get filled with only a few morsels of food, as it is about the size of a walnut.

At the lower end of the small pouch is created an opening to which the jejunum (the first part of the small intestine) is attached so that food eaten can pass into the rest of the digestive tract for absorption of nutrients.

The entire surgery can take up to 4 hours to perform.

Is gastric bypass surgery effective?

There is plenty of scientific evidence that confirms that gastric bypass surgery is an effective weight loss procedure. In fact, it is also been shown to reverse Type II diabetes in obese individuals. While weight loss is guaranteed, it is important for individuals to recognize the fact that diet and exercise should still form the big part of their daily routine. Weight loss occurs gradually over a period of time and individuals can expect to lose a great deal of weight within the first few months.

The risks of gastric bypass surgery are small and when performed by experts can have excellent results. Gastric bypass surgery is a safe and effective procedure for weight loss. Expert surgeons in the Caribbean have performed this surgery with fantastic long-term results.

Affordable Travel Insurance – Top 10 Things to Know

Here are the top 10 things you need to know about affordable Travel Insurance.

Written by: Tracy B. McManamon
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1) EMERGENCY MEDICAL TREATMENT

If you are traveling outside the United States (even into Mexico or Canada), most insurance carriers will not provide any insurance coverage. Travel Insurance can be the solution to having coverage for medical or in some cases even dental treatments while outside the country in the event you become sick or injured.

2) EMERGENCY MEDICAL ASSISTANCE

With a Travel Insurance policy, a patient can receive medical assistance, pharmaceutical services and in some cases even dental coverage while traveling abroad. Your carrier likely will cover the cost of emergency medical assistance, even for the transportation to the hospital, which can be very costly in a foreign country.

3) REPARTRIATION

If something tragic happens while traveling abroad, your remains will be sent back to your home and paid for by the Travel Insurance carrier, covering the extremely expensive cost of repatriation.

4) MEDICAL EVACUATION

If something serious happens to you while traveling outside of the country and medical transport to another qualified and skilled hospital, facility, or even back to the States is needed, the Travel Insurance will not only coordinate this with a team of U.S. doctors, but the carrier will even cover the cost. Medical Evacuations can cost up to tens of thousands of dollars. With Travel Insurance, the carrier covers all the cost.

5) HOSPITAL BENEFIT

Before any care or treatment is provided, hospitals abroad require payment in advance. Also, because you will be a patient in a hospital there is a daily fee. Travel Insurance will guarantee payment and U.S. doctors will monitor your care and treatments abroad. Wherever you are, English speaking Doctors back in the States will coordinate your care and a team of 24 hour per day representatives will be there to answer you or a covered family members’ questions and provide numerous services for you.

6) TRIP CANCELLATION

In the event of your trip being cancelled or even interrupted, you could experience a significance financial loss. Trip cancellation protection as a part of your Travel Insurance plan, will cover the loss that might otherwise be devastating. If your trip is cancelled or get’s cut short, you may get reimbursed all or some of your expenses.

7) PERSONAL LIABLITY

In the event that you injure, hurt, or damage other’s property, while traveling, the Personal Liability portion of your Travel Insurance Policy could cover these damages or injuries.

8) LEGAL EXPERIENCES

Many, if not all, Travel Insurance policies may provide protection for legal matters that you might become involved in abroad.

9) LOST LUGGAGE AND PERSONAL BELONGINGS

Personal items, lost luggage and even lost cash may be covered under a Travel Insurance Policy.

10) READ & RESEARCH

Not all Travel Insurance policies or carriers are the same. Some companies have a better reputation than others. Selecting a well established globally recognized insurance carrier is extremely important. Be sure to READ the conditions, especially the exclusions that apply.