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Contemporary Plastic Surgery Robert A. Herbstman, MD, FACS Pedro Vieira, MD

The Perils of Medical Tourism, or How to be Pennywise and Pound Foolish.

Last week I got the familiar phone call from the emergency room….
“Dr. Herbstman we have a patient here who just got off the plane from having cosmetic surgery in Colombia, (or Dominican Republic) she has a fever of 102 and an open draining wound….”
Over the past few years the number of patients traveling overseas for cosmetic surgery has taken off. I guess the prospect of getting your surgery done inexpensively is too appealing for some to turn down. Those who make this choice should be aware that every surgery carries some risk, and that care after the procedure is as important as the operation itself. We educate potential patients that the safety and sterility of the operating suite environment is also of utmost importance and will have an impact on surgery results. It’s a shame that someone would be willing to trust their life to a surgeon practicing discount surgery in a foreign country to save a few dollars.  By getting the word out that these disasters are more common than you would think perhaps we can help potential patients make smarter, safer choices.
Dangers of Medical Tourism

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East Brunswick (732) 254-1919 Red Bank (732) 530-6450

East Brunswick

Contemporary Plastic Surgery
579A Cranbury Road Suite 202
East Brunswick, NJ 08816

(732) 254-1919
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Red Bank

Contemporary Plastic Surgery
130 Maple Avenue Building 9, Suite B1
Red Bank, NJ 07701

(732) 530-6450
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