The cost of radical prostatectomy surgery in India is one-tenth of what it is in the United States or Western Europe, and sometimes even less. If anyone having prostate cancer that is localized and has not advanced (metastasized) and is strong enough to undergo a major surgery, then radical prostatectomy is needed. For many medical tourists, though, the real attraction is price. A combination of many factors has lead to the recent increase in popularity of radical prostatectomy surgery in India: high quality of medical facilities in industrialized cities like Mumbai, Pune, Delhi, Bangalore, Hyderabad, ease and affordability of international travel, improving technology and standards of care. For recovery, patient has to spend next couple of hours in the recovery room under observation following the surgery. The success rate of this surgery is about 85%. This surgery removes the cancer containing prostate gland and the lymph nodes in the vicinity.
If the patient has prostate cancer that is localized and has not advanced (metastasized) and is strong enough to undergo a major surgery, then patient is an ideal candidate for radical prostatectomy. Open radical prostatectomy - An incision is made in the abdomen (either retropubic or perineal approach). The entire prostate gland and seminal vesicles are removed, the urethra is sewn back to the urinary bladder and a catheter is inserted which stays in for about 3 weeks. The entire procedure takes about 3 hours and is performed under general anesthesia. The surgeon’s worldwide have mastered what is called the 'nerve saving technique' of prostatectomy. In this technique the prostate gland and the surrounding tissues are carefully dissected out to avoid damaging the nerve bundles responsible for erection. The only downside to this technique is that in doing so, the surgeon may unknowingly leave behind some cells and the cancer may recur. This method is of choice only if the prostate cancer is localized in its early stages.
Laparoscopic Radical Prostatectomy - The entire procedure takes about 3 - 4 hours and is performed either under general anesthesia or spinal block with sedation. In Laparoscopic Radical Prostatectomy, 3 - 4 small incisions are made to ensure a 3 dimensional view of the inside of the abdomen and completely remove the prostate gland. As mentioned earlier, this surgery is quite difficult and is certainly a challenge for the surgical team.
Medical tourists are generally residents of the industrialized nations of the world; the countries they travel are typically the less developed ones with lower cost of medical care, in some cases due to favorable currency exchange ratios. Currently, many of the procedures accessed are considered "elective procedures," such as cosmetic surgery. Because elective procedures are rarely covered through health insurance plans, there may be greater incentive to find such care at lower costs. You can also compare the cost of different medical procedures between India and other western nations. Medical tourism is a growing segment of India's tourism and health-care sectors. Lower labor costs translate to significant cost savings on procedures. In 2005, one Indian hospital took in 150,000 treatment seekers from abroad for radical prostatectomy surgery. India has an excellent mix of low cost, high quality care coupled with clean, safe, modern infrastructure.
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