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Treatments worth a Trip

Treatments worth a Trip

With Dubai and the rest of the emirates gaining a strong global foothold across the many facets of medical tourism, we round up the most common treatments and procedures people undergo on medical tourism trips.

1. Cosmetic and Aesthetic Procedures

Cosmetic and aesthetic procedures is something that most people have always chosen to do in combination with a relaxing holiday. Reports state that out of the approximately 750,000 medical tourists that visited Dubai in 2015, 12% of them sought cosmetic surgery. One of the reasons for that is the great number of specialists in the field and the various cosmetic procedures available, covering just about any beauty surgery you can think of. Some of the most popular among medical tourists in the UAE include breast augmentation, facelift and rhinoplasty.

2. Restorative and Cosmetic Dentistry

In many countries, dental care is expensive, especially if extensive reconstructive or cosmetic work is required. That is why many medical travellers seek a dental vacation in the UAE, where an endless number of specialist dental clinics with cutting-edge technology compete to offer dental services at reasonable prices. One can find the latest and most technologically advanced facilities covering a wide range of treatments, including dental implants, crowns, bridges and veneers.

3. Vision Correction

As laser vision correction becomes easier, safer and cheaper with each passing year, medical tourists are increasingly flocking to the UAE for this treatment. In Dubai, one can find many clinics and eye centres with state-of-the-art equipment and international practitioners that offer safe and quick treatments for glaucoma, cataracts and macular degeneration, as well as simpler procedures like laser vision correction.

4. Fertility Treatment

Providing a relaxing atmosphere and a number of approved facilities to ensure the highest success rates, Dubai is one of the leading destinations for in vitro fertilization (IVF) procedures and fertility treatments in the Middle East. A 2014 survey by Dubai Healthcare City using respondents from its 120 medical facilities revealed that fertility treatment is the most common procedure among people who visit the emirate for healthcare.

5. Cardiovascular and Heart Health

Many world-class hospitals in the UAE offer preventative heart health screening at very competitive prices, while patients in need of more serious corrective operations can also benefit from modern technologies and specialist international practitioners, allowing them to get back on their feet in a very short time.

6. Orthopaedic Rehabilitation

Orthopaedic treatments and surgeries in some cases are not covered by some health insurance plans around the world, so patients turn to international solutions to restore function to worn-down or injured body parts. Improvements in technologies in this field have made many orthopaedic surgeries less invasive, so that some operations require shorter recovery times, which makes for a great opportunity to stay at one of the beach resorts here for relaxation and recovery. With so many medical centres dedicated to orthopaedic and physical therapy, Dubai is a leader in providing treatment options in this field.

7. Cancer Treatment

With the aim to make cancer treatment in the UAE more accessible and affordable, the health authorities have taken a number of initiatives over recent years to help battle this disease. These initiatives include awareness campaigns for early detection and the opening of several cancer research facilities and oncology centres across the country. Most of these specialized hospitals act as a one-stop shop for cancer patients, and offer everything from tests and screenings to the latest cancer therapies and treatments.

8. Weight-loss Surgeries

The rise of weight-loss surgery to treat obesity has spurred growth at destination clinics all over the world. The most popular surgeries of this kind in the UAE include sleeve gastrectomy and gastric bypass, in which doctors shrink the stomach and alter the digestive system to induce weight loss. However, doctors caution that patients seeking such surgeries need to consider long-term maintenance issues and should coordinate care with a doctor or facility at home.

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