What is a hysterectomy?
Hysterectomy is a surgical procedure that removes a woman’s uterus, and sometimes other related internal organs also. It is performed in order to treat a number of conditions, including cancer, pain, bleeding, and various other reasons.
What countries are the most popular destinations for this procedure?
India, Mexico, Costa Rica, Jordan, Turkey, Thailand, and Malaysia.
What is the range of prices?
In the U.S., the operation can cost from $10,000 to $18,000,
$6,300 to $11,000 in the U.K.,
$4,000 to $6,900 in Costa Rica,
$5,500 to $7,000 in Jordan and Turkey,
$4,400 to $6,600 in Mexico,
$3,600 to $3,700 in Thailand,
$2,500 to $4,500 in Malaysia,
$2,400 to $3,600 in India.
What are the common complications if the procedure is performed abroad?
Hysterectomy is a major surgery, so even under optimal conditions it carries risks of serious complications. These include infection, bleeding, blood clots, damage to the urinary system, reactions to anaesthetic, and hormonal disturbances.
This is especially true when combined with the stress of international travel while seriously ill or after surgery. Complications are also more likely if the procedure is performed in a facility that lacks international accreditation or fails to meet accepted standards of hygiene, modernity, or professionalism.
A news story from 2014 described the ordeal of a woman who had undergone a routine hysterectomy in India. For more than six months afterward, she suffered severe infection, rupture, and bowel blockage that required three additional surgeries to fix.