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Reader Laura’s Comment: Surgical Tourism Story

Posted Sep 23 2009 12:00am

Reader Laura’s Comment:

Daily Mail

“Single mother traveled to Panama for operation to turn brown eyes blue… and was almost blinded”

Just the title of this story sounds scary to me. I’m not sure why she would risk her eyesight in this manner. I’m also not sure why the doctors went ahead with the surgery when her doctors back home told her not to have the surgery.

When a federal agency refuses to approve a procedure in the US (or in the UK in this case,) sometimes there is a very good reason. Going to unregulated countries removes this protection and exposes patients to risk. Third world countries really have little regulation of medical procedures.

People tend to think when a board certified plastic surgeon “talks down” something, the only reason is money. It isn’t.

The Bottom Line:
Research very carefully before you go to a third world country particularly to have large scale surgery, surgery not approved in your native country or surgery requiring precision and training. The reason is apparent from this case. This woman nearly lost her sight.

Best Regards,

John Di Saia MD

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