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Can I Go to A Different Surgeon or Follow Ups/Post Surgery Complications If I Get My Surgery Out of the Country?

I'm going to santo domingo to get a full tummy tuck with muscle repair, liposuction on upper and lower back, lipo on arms and bbl with fatgrafting....yes its a lot i'm planning on staying for 20 days then coming back to boston. my fear is seroma; will another surgeon help me if i need fluid to be drained?


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Surgery in a different country

I would advise that you proceed cautiously.  It would be very difficult for a different surgeon to treat you if you had complications from a procedure done in another country.  Medical standards vary greatly between countries and it could be difficult for a surgeon in the U.S. to determine what exactly was done by another doctor.

Katy Plastic Surgeon
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Cosmetic surgery in a foreign country

You are going to find it very difficult to find someone to manage any post-operative complications from surgery.  If you do have any problems, it might cost you a lot of money.  Therefore, I would highly recommend going to a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon in the U.S.

Medical tourism

Funny you should ask this question, I just returned from the hospital after removing a patient's buttock implants that were infected. She had it done in another country and got off the airplane and went to the hospital. They needed to be removed.  Think twice about having it done outside the country.

Steven Wallach, MD
Manhattan Plastic Surgeon
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Followup care after medical tourism

Personally, I do not see patients in followup who have had their surgeries performed overseas.  If you are planning to go to Santo Domingo, you should either be prepared to stay if you have a complication or ascertain in advance whether a plastic surgeon in Boston would be willing to see you and at what cost.  Otherwise, you may end up in an emergency room and followup care for cosmetic surgery is not covered by health insurance.

Robert L. Kraft, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
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Plastic surgery follow up after medical tourism

It is possibly cheaper to have surgery in another country and follow up here in the US, but medical tourism is not advised as if complications arise the physician who did the surgery (and knows what they did best) is not available. Personally I would charge you for each follow up visit and procedure necessary in the event of problems.  You would possibly end up paying more overall. Hopefully you have no problems and I wish you well. 

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