After Treatment Care

Once the treatment is performed, what is the next step? Aftercare services refer to the support and care provided to a patient, once s/he has undergone a treatment. It may include psychiatric help, managing the pain, structuring diet, rehabilitation and undertaking necessary precautions. A a person who indulges in medical travel abroad needs to diligently follow aftercare procedures, and review his/her medical condition, to

  • Avoid complications that may arise after medical procedure.
  • Spot any side effects from the treatment.
  • Reduce any infection on the surgical site.

 


Combating After Effects Of Procedure

After a treatment, to enable efficient and complete healing, the patient should take care of the incision, as it heals. Doctors generally use a variety of ways to close an incision in different procedures, like stitches or tissue glue, depending on the need and ease of use. To prevent any surgical site infection, these are the

Do's

  • Know the duration for which the affected area is to be left to dry.
  • Look into the wounds/incisions everyday and spot infections if any.
  • Change the dressing on a regular basis.

 

Dont's

  • Rub or scrub the incisions.
  • Remove the tape strips unless the doctor advices you to do so.
  • Use lotion or powder on the incisions.
  • Expose incisions to sunlight.

 Travel After Treatment

It is essential for patients to carefully plan their travel back home, after undergoing treatment. Negligence in such matters can cause shortness of breath, chest pains, fainting, hypertension, heart failure, blood clotting or deterioration of health. Generally, patients are considered fit to fly only after a complete checkup and diagnosis of the patient’s health, to uncover any after-effects of the treatment.

A few factors that influence travel after treatment are-

  • Optimum air pressure level for the patient.
  • Movement range of his/her limbs.
  • Patient’s ability to sit for longer durations.

Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)

DVT or blood clotting, is a common occurrence during travel after or before a medical procedure. There exist some simple measures, that patients can follow, to prevent this condition and foster surgical success.

  • Preventing concentration of blood at a place by drinking fluids.
  • Boosting blood circulation by occasional movement out of the seat.

Rehabilitation

Rehabilitation helps a patient to fully recover from the treatment and ensures that the person is ready to resume her/his routine life, with optimal physical and psychological fitness. With massive growth in medical tourism, patients have numerous options to choose from, in order to restore their health to the optimum level.

  • Physical Therapy: Physiotherapy is a remedial treatment, usually taken by patients, who have recently undergone a treatment of the limbs. The recovery plan includes exercises that are structured according to the patient’s needs. A typical session can range from 3 weeks to 7 months.
  • Medical Spa And Care Centres: These are relaxation centers, which offer patients massages, acupuncture and other spa procedure. This allow the patients recovering from rheumatism, disc prolapse, circulatory or nervous system problems to recover in a peaceful environment, according to their own convenience.

 

For patients looking for rehabilitation away from their home country or even from the treatment destination – Hungary, Thailand, India, Indonesia and Spain are very viable countries. These destinations offer a multitude of rehabilitation centers for different ailments like strokes, cosmetic surgeries and orthopedic procedures. Their expanding markets have given tourists access to top class and affordable rehabilitative care. 


Precautions

After a discharge, patients should be mindful of certain precautions that can have a positive influence on the early restoration of their health.

  • After most procedures, patients should not indulge in any physically strenuous activities like swimming, weight lifting or activities.

  • Consumption of alcohol, strong sedatives and smoking can hamper the healing process and deteriorate the health of the patient.

Advices

  • After undergoing a procedure, patients should rest adequately till the first 2-14 days of the treatment, depending on the recovery time of the specific procedure as recommended by the doctor.
  • Patients should arrange for a relative, friend or support staff of the hospital to help him/her in travelling back to the place of stay.
  • Monitor your wound for any swelling, inflammation or allergic reaction after the surgery and immediately report to the doctor to avoid complications.
  • Arrange follow up sessions with your local health care providers before you leave.
  • It is essential for the patient to establish complete familiarity with the dietary requirements post procedure and eat according to the prescribed diet.