What to do if something goes wrong

All operations carry some risk and while most medical, dental, or cosmetic procedures go to plan, it is sensible to reduce your risks as far as possible.

For example:

  • Follow instructions from your surgeon about stopping medication (and smoking) for the appropriate period before you travel for surgery.
  • Plan for a suitable recovery period both while abroad and when you get home. Don’t risk your health in the rush to see the sights.
  • Allow some flexibility to your schedule, and your budget, just in case. You cannot always anticipate how you will feel about flying home having had surgery.
  • Know what to expect so that you understand what is normal and what is a sign that something is wrong. Your clinic should give you detailed aftercare instructions.

Problems while you are away

Immediate post-op problems will usually be solved during your stay in the hospital or clinic. However, it is a good idea to let your GP at home know that you are travelling abroad for treatment so that they can monitor your progress when you return.

Problems on your return

If problems occur once you are back in the UK you should get in touch with the surgeon or clinic straight away and follow their advice. Many clinics have links with UK private healthcare providers and will tell you where to go for assistance or further treatment.

If your clinic has no UK representatives, then you should visit your GP, or if you are having serious problems go to the Accident and Emergency department of your local hospital.

After cosmetic surgery procedures you are more likely to deal with UK medical specialists post-op and some medical tourism providers include ongoing consultation with a UK specialist on your return to check that you are healing successfully healing and address any concerns you may have.


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