Just because your procedure is over does not mean that you are ready to pack your
bags and head back home. Your doctor will recommend several days of monitored rest
in order to ensure an optimal recovery and the best possible outcome to your surgery
or treatment. This process isoften referred to as aftercare. In more technical terms
it can be defined as “the process of maintaining the integrity and quality of a
patient’s care as he or she transitions from one setting (or set of circumstances)
The actual aftercare
process occurs in several different phases. It will also differ significantly from
patient to patient depending on the nature of the treatment and the patient´s condition
and needs. A patient who has undergone open heart surgery, for example, will require
much more follow-up and assistance than a patient who is in South Florida for plastic
surgery or a hernia repair.
Where surgery is involved, phase one of the aftercare process begins the moment
you leave the treatment center. If you are staying at an area hotel then you may
need to return to the medical facility for rehabilitation therapy, removal of stitches,
nutritional counseling or simply for generalmonitoring of your post-procedure progress.
Phase two begins once you return home. Here it is important to schedule a follow-up
appointment with your doctor to ensure that your recovery is headed in the right
It is important for both patients and providers to be proactive with the aftercare
process as it is an integral part of a successful procedure outcome and promotes
a positive medical tourism experience.
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