Spine Medical Tourism Overview
International Medical Tourism is where people from one country travel to another country to receive medical, surgical or dental care equal to or greater than in their own country. Domestic medical tourism is where people travel within their own country to another city or state that offers medical treatment that is not available in their area. The most common reasons for medical tourism are affordability, access to immediate care, and higher quality of care. Other reasons patients travel are for least invasive or new technological advances in care, not offered locally.
For example, patients from Canada often seek medical attention in the United States and internationally because they suffer from illness and care is not offered on a timely basis. According, to the recent Fraser Institute 2017 report, Canadians experienced the most extended wait times, 41.7 weeks, for general practitioner referral to orthopedic surgery.1 Because of the long waiting times to see healthcare specialists in Canada, many individuals are suffering in pain, looking for cost-effective and more-timely access to healthcare solutions. These individual’s quality of life deteriorates as they suffer in pain, lose days of work and hope for medical treatment.
International Spine Institute Medical Tourism Services
At the International Spine Institute, we realize that patients are suffering daily with debilitating spine conditions. Today’s patients have become more educated on treatment options, and they are searching for alternatives to spinal fusion surgery. Our goal is to offer the least invasive spine fusion-sparing solutions to patients located in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Central and South America.
In addition to Dr. Rodriguez’s spine expertise and fellowship training, he has pursued additional spine training in the fields of stem cell therapy and least invasive endoscopic spine surgery. Our less invasive endoscopic options offer pain relief, without the long, painful recovery often associated with traditional spine surgery and spinal fusion.
In his experience, patients undergoing these procedures have returned to work, play and life faster than patients that had minimally invasive spine surgery, such as a spinal fusion.
1 Bacchus, B. (2017) Waiting Your Turn – Wait times for Health Care in Canada; Fraser Institute; https://www.fraserinstitute.org/sites/default/files/waiting-your-turn-2017.pdf