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Healthbase, the leading US-based medical tourism provider, has partnered with a JCI accredited German hospital in order to bring wider options and greater convenience to Americans, Canadians, Europeans and others looking for affordable, timely and high quality medical and dental treatments.

Healthbase Online Inc., the leading and award-winning medical tourism facilitator based in Boston, MA, has announced partnership with a Joint Commission International accredited hospital in Germany. With the addition of this JCI accredited hospital, Healthbase now has a network of over 100 health care and dental care providers spread across 18 countries. For the medical tourist it means more choices, wider variety and greater convenience.

According to Saroja Mohanasundaram, CEO of Healthbase, “With growing demands from our consumer base for a quality tertiary medical care center in Europe, we are excited to have our newest Germany-based healthcare provider onboard. Our new member provider is JCI-accredited thereby giving the peace of mind to our patients regarding the high standards of quality that will be delivered by it. Our German provider offers a full complement of services and is an excellent choice for patients looking for orthopedic, spinal and bariatric treatments at a much discounted rate compared to USA and much faster access to service compared to that offered by public health care systems in Canada or the UK.”

For patients from Europe, especially from the European Union (EU), this would be as good as going to a local hospital with the advantage of high or higher standard of service and without the inconvenience of the infamous waitlists as seen in government-sponsored healthcare systems such as the National Health Service or NHS in the United Kingdom.

The hospital offers procedures like joint replacement procedures (such as hip replacement surgery and knee replacement surgery), spinal procedures (such as spine fusion surgery and artificial disc replacement surgery), and weight-loss procedures (such as lap band surgery, gastric bypass or RNY procedure and gastric sleeve surgery), among hundreds of other procedures.

The favorable geographical location of Germany means that for patients coming from North America the flight times are shorter compared to other famous medical tourism destinations such as those in Asia. For those traveling from other European countries it is at a stone’s throw.

Mohanasundaram adds, “We have carefully chosen our German provider after a rigorous selection process keeping in mind all aspects of affordable, safe and top quality medical tourism care. Patients can expect as much as 50 to 70% less cost compared to the cost of care in other developed countries such as the United States. Also, the staffs at our German provider speak English, thus, making communication easy.”

Healthbase has the biggest and geographically most expanded network of healthcare and dental care providers in the industry. Patients have a wide selection of destinations to choose from for their low cost high quality medical care and dental care needs. These include Germany, India, Thailand, Singapore, South Korea, Malaysia, Philippines, New Zealand, Jordan, Turkey, Hungary, Belgium, Spain, Costa Rica, Panama, Brazil, Mexico, and USA.

Healthbase serves the American, Canadian, European, African, Asian, Middle-Eastern and Asia Pacific markets, and offers more than 200 procedures.

About Healthbase Online Inc.:
Healthbase, an award-winning US-based medical tourism and dental tourism facilitator, is a one-stop source for global medical and dental choices, connecting patients to leading internationally accredited healthcare providers in 18 countries including India, Thailand, Singapore, South Korea, Turkey, Germany, Panama, Costa Rica, Mexico and USA. Healthbase caters to individual consumers, self-funded businesses, insurers, benefits plan consultants, third party administrators and those using Consumer Directed Healthcare Plans (CDHPs) or voluntary benefit plans. Healthbase coordinates over 200 procedures in various categories like orthopedic, spinal, cardiac, bariatric, urology, oncology, dental, cosmetic and general surgery. Some of the common procedures offered are Birmingham hip resurfacing, total hip replacement, knee replacement, ACL repair, rotator cuff surgery, spinal fusion, spinal disk replacement, heart bypass surgery, lap band, gastric bypass, cancer treatment, liposuction, dental implants, crowns, bridges, etc. for a fraction of the cost in the US with equal or superior outcomes. To ensure that patients receive the best care possible, Healthbase works mainly with hospitals that have international accreditations like JCI. To learn more, call 1-888-691-4584, email info.hb @ healthbase.com or visit http://www.healthbase.com.

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ROSE Procedure, a weight loss revision surgery

Traditionally those who needed a revision bariatric surgery following a gastric bypass (also known as Roux-en-Y procedure) have had to resort to another open or laparoscopic gastric bypass surgery involving more cutting of the internals of the body. Such a revision obesity surgery is quite complicated and therefore surgeons and patients frequently avoided it for the high risks associated with it.

Today patients have a better choice which not only involves NOT opening up the patient, as it is done edoscopically, but is also less complicated and has minimal risks.

Need for the ROSE procedure

The ROSE procedure is a weight loss surgery (WLS), needed as a revision for a gastric bypass surgery. So let’s first understand what a gastric bypass procedure does.

The aim of a gastric bypass surgery is to make the stomach and stoma very small so that the stomach can now hold much less food and the feeling of satiety is achieved after the consumption of a very small amount of food. This makes the person eat less and thus lose weight.

Most people lose their excess weight to a great extent following a gastric bypass procedure. However, the stomach pouch and the stoma may expand/stretch over time causing the capacity of the stomach to increase. So the stomach can now hold more food and the feeling of fullness is now achieved after consumption of a larger amount of food than before. This results in weight regain.

A revision weight loss surgery is therefore required to once again reduce the size of the stomach pouch and the stoma. The ROSE (Restorative, Obesity Surgery, Endolumenal) procedure is a revision weight loss surgery for patients who have had gastric bypass surgery previously (at least 2 years ago) and lost 50% of excess weight but regained at least 15% of it back.

In a ROSE procedure, the surgeon pleats/folds the stomach with sutures to reduce its size back to about the size at the time of the original gastric bypass surgery. This is achieved through an endoscope (a long narrow tube carrying a camera and surgical instruments) which the surgeon inserts into the patient’s stomach pouch through a natural opening in his body, in this case his mouth and down the esophagus. The surgical tools in the endoscope are then used to gather together sections of stomach tissue to create a pleat which is then sutured together. With this process, the stomach volume and stoma diameter can be reduced to increase restriction and help weight loss. The procedure takes about an hour to complete.

Candidacy for the ROSE procedure

In order to be eligible for the ROSE surgery you must have:

  • had the gastric bypass procedure at least 2 years ago,
  • lost 50% of your excess body weight following the surgery, and
  • regained 15% of it back.

In some cases, a patient may also be a candidate if he underwent gastric bypass surgery but failed to lose weight.

Advantages of the ROSE procedure

  • Incisionless i.e. no external incisions or cuts therefore lower risk of infection and associated complications, and also no scarring
  • Quick procedure (takes about an hour)
  • Causes little or no discomfort to the patient
  • Minimal post operative pain/symptoms (mild sore throat, hoarseness, swollen lip, and lip pain due to the endoscopic instruments that were inserted into the mouth)
  • Fast recovery time

Cost of a ROSE procedure

For a FREE estimate of the cost of ROSE procedure in the United States or cost of ROSE procedure abroad visit Healthbase.

For more information about affordable surgery, read about international medical tourism and domestic medical tourism.

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Healthbase has helped an uninsured American patient get double hip resurfacing surgeries in India. The high cost of Birmingham hip resurfacing surgery in the United States plus the lack of expertise in this procedure in the country continues to drive scores of Americans to India.

Nov. 21, 2008, Boston, MA. Healthbase Online Inc., an award-winning medical tourism facilitator based in Boston, Massachusetts, helps an Arizona-based former ballet dancer treat her hip osteoarthritis in India. 53-year old Katharine Frey who had arthritis in both her hips traveled to Apollo Hospitals, Chennai to have her hips resurfaced and availed of the 85% discount on the cost of the surgery.

“I have appreciated everything we have experienced and received at the Apollo Hospitals . Everyone has been very kind, supportive and helpful,” says Katharine after her hip resurfacing surgery last winter. She was so happy with the quality of care she received at her overseas hospital that she went back a few months later to have her second hip resurfaced.

Being uninsured, the $60,000 required to have a single hip resurfaced in the US seemed out of reach for Katharine. This led her into researching her other option – surgery overseas – and contacting Healthbase who coordinated both her surgeries in India for $8,000 each. The price included doctor’s fees, physical therapy and a week in the hospital.

According to Saroja Mohanasundaram, CEO of Healthbase , “Our clients prefer going abroad for Birmingham hip resurfacing because it is a fairly new procedure in the US but has been in use, say, in India, for many years. Being a major procedure it demands years of practice on the surgeon’s part to gain proficiency. The fact that Katharine went back to have her other hip resurfaced in India speaks volumes about the high level of satisfaction with our service and that of our partner hospitals and surgeons.”

Katharine Frey taking off on a paragliding flight just weeks after her hip resurfaicng surgery in India
Katharine Frey taking off on a paragliding flight just weeks after her hip resurfacing surgery in India

Katharine returned to work merely two and a half weeks post operation and to teaching ballet twenty days post operation. Katharine actively participates in swimming, yoga, hiking, paragliding, and cross-country road trips. “She has no pain in her hips and is moving and functioning like a normal human. I am so grateful and am enjoying watching Katharine return to life,” remarks Scott Martin, Katharine’s husband.

Katharine was operated upon by Dr. Vijay Bose and his team. Dr. Bose, a specialist in Birmingham Hip Resurfacing, Joint Replacement and Sports Medicine, has over a thousand BHR surgeries under his belt.
“Beyond the cost savings, the attention given was remarkable. Dr. Bose and his qualified staff will always be remembered for this,” adds Katharine.

Impressed by the high quality of care in India, even Scott, who accompanied Katharine to India addressed some of his periodontal issues through dental scaling and crowns at Apollo Hospitals while Katharine recuperated after her second Birmingham hip resurfacing surgery.

“It has been a positive life changing process for both of us. Thank you, Healthbase, for being so receptive, supportive and professional,” acknowledge Katharine and Scott.

Healthbase connects patients from across the globe to health care facilities in India, Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, South Korea, Philippines, Turkey, Belgium, Hungary, Costa Rica, Panama, Brazil, Mexico and United States. Healthbase has over 45 providers on its network.

About Healthbase Online Inc.:

Healthbase, an award-winning Boston-based medical tourism and dental tourism facilitator, is a one-stop source for global medical and dental choices, connecting patients to leading healthcare providers around the world. Healthbase coordinates over 200 procedures in various categories like orthopedic, spinal , cardiac, bariatric, urology , oncology , dental , cosmetic and general surgery . Some of the common procedures offered are Birmingham hip resurfacing , total hip replacement , knee replacement , ACL repair , rotator cuff surgery , spinal fusion , spinal disk replacement, heart bypass surgery , lap band , gastric bypass , cancer treatment , liposuction, dental implants, crowns, bridges, etc. for a fraction of the cost in the US with equal or superior outcomes. Healthbase’s partner healthcare facilities are located in Thailand, India, Singapore, Malaysia, Philippines, South Korea, Turkey, Belgium, Hungary, Costa Rica, Panama, Brazil, Mexico and USA, and are expanding to Canada, UK, Jordan, Taiwan, Argentina, New Zealand, Australia, El Salvador and Guatemala. To ensure that patients receive the best care possible, Healthbase works mainly with hospitals that have international accreditations like JCI, JCAHO and ISO. Healthbase caters to the needs of individual consumers, self-funded businesses, insurance carriers, benefit consultants, insurance agents, and third party administrators seeking affordable medical travel and dental travel options. To learn more, call 1-888-691-4584, email info.hb @ healthbase.com or visit http://www.healthbase.com.

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GASTRIC BYPASS SURGERY – WHAT CAN IT DO FOR YOU?

Some people have gastric bypass surgery and shed 100 pounds or more. What can this surgery do for you?

To answer this question, you will first need to know what gastric bypass surgery is and how it helps you lose weight.

A gastric bypass surgery also known as Roux en-Y surgery is a medical procedure that reduces the size of your stomach causing you to feel full when you have eaten only a small portion. What your surgeon will essentially do is divide your stomach into two sections – a small upper one and a much larger remnant one using surgical staples (which is why this procedure is also known as stomach stapling). The small top pouch is the one that will hold your food. Your surgeon will also re-arrange your small intestine such that both the stomach pouches remain connected to the intestines.

The reduction in the functional volume of your stomach reduces your food intake. Not only that, the re-arrangement of the small intestine causes food to by-pass the first part of the small intestine resulting in reduced calorie absorption. Both these factors help you lose weight.

But is gastric bypass surgery for everyone who needs to lose weight?

That’s a personal choice or your doctor may prescribe it for you. Generally, it is considered in only those individuals who have tried hard but failed to achieve weight loss through exercise and diet.

Obesity, which is a complex disease, leads to other diseases. Morbid obesity or the accumulation of too much body fat increases a person’s risk for developing other health problems or co-morbidities such as heart diseases, diabetes, etc.

But how much fat is too much fat?

That’s calculated by your body mass index or BMI which is a measure of your weight in relation to your height. In simple words, it tells you how much you should normally weigh for your height and if you exceed that normal weight then you are medically considered overweight. Reducing your weight and therefore, your BMI, helps you control the risk of developing obesity related health problems. (Use the BMI calculator to calculate your BMI.)

Like any other surgery there are risks associated with gastric bypass surgery as well. Some of the risks include gastritis (which is an inflammation of the stomach lining), development of gallstones (caused by significant weight loss in a short time), nausea, vomiting, bleeding, infections, and nutritional deficiency (which can be avoided through nutritional supplements). So, when deciding to have the surgery you should carefully weigh the risks associated with it and the problems that it can solve for you.

Variations of gastric bypass surgery are gastric bypass, Roux en-Y proximal; gastric bypass, Roux en-Y distal; and loop gastric bypass or mini-gastric bypass. Gastric bypass surgery is not the only bariatric surgery available for treating morbid obesity. Some people also consider gastric lap-band as an option.

The cost can be a major deciding factor when considering the surgery. Depending upon your specific medical conditions and insurance terms, your health insurance carrier may or may not cover the costs.

The high cost of healthcare has led some Americans to seek treatment in countries like India, Thailand, Singapore, Mexico and Turkey. This practice of going abroad, which is termed as medical tourism or medical travel or health tourism, is a way of getting low cost high quality medical care. But before you decide to outsource your health care it’s extremely important that you do your homework properly – research the facilities, the surgeons, compare the cost and quality offered by different hospitals, talk to people who have had their surgery overseas, etc.

You can learn more about the growing trend of medical tourism, gastric bypass surgery and other medical and dental procedures by logging on to http://www.healthbase.com.

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Healthbase is the trusted source for global medical choices, connecting patients to leading hospitals around the world, through secure and information-rich web portal. To learn more, visit: http://www.healthbase.com Login to get FREE quote. Access is free.Healthbase LogoMedical Tourism – Healthbase – Medical ProceduresHealthbase provides a wide range of medical procedures through its partner hospital network. Over hundred medical procedures are available in various categories: orthopedic procedures such as hip replacement, Birmingham hip resurfacing, artificial knee replacement, knee surgery, cosmetic procedures such as breast augmentation, face lift, rhinoplasty (nose surgery), liposuction, dental procedures such as bridges, implants and much more. The savings are up to 80% from typical USA prices.

Healthbase offers more than just procedural availability, we also provide customers with extensive information on medical treatments, hospital and doctors profiles to help them make an educated decision regarding their treatment.

 

Partial list of procedures available:

Categories

Orthopedic 
Hip Replacement (partial) 
Hip Replacement (full) 
Hip Resurfacing (Birmingham) 
Knee Surgery 
Knee Arthroplasty 
Rotator Cuff Surgery 
Total knee replacement, Bilateral knee (TKR) 
Total knee replacement, Single knee (TKR) 
Arthroscopy with Ligament Reconstruction 
Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) Repair 
Medial Cruciate Ligament (MCL) Repair 
Posterior Cruciate Ligament (PCL) Repair 
Elbow Replacement 
Fusion 
Hand Reconstruction 
More... 

Dental 
Cosmetic Dentistry 
Oral Surgery 
Smile Designing 
Root Canal Treatments 
Dental Implants 
Dental Crowns 
Dental Bonding 
Dental Caps 
Dental Bridges 
Dental Fillings 
Teeth Whitening 
Periodontal Flap Surgery 
Full mouth Radiograph 
Tooth Contouring and Reshaping 
Veneers, Bonding, Inlays and Overlays 
Tooth Extractions 
Tooth Impactions 
More... 

Obesity 
Gastric Bypass 
Lap Band 
Rouyn Y Loop 
More... 

Spinal 
Artificial Disc Implantation 
Bone Spur Treatments 
Cervical Discectomy 
Cervical Discectomy with Fusion 
Disc Degeneration Treatments 
Disc Surgery 
Discectomy 
Endoscopic Discectomy 
Fusion 
Herniated Disc Treatments 
Laminectomy + Posterior Instrumentation 
Laminectomy for excision of Spinal Tumors 
Decompressive Laminectomy 
Open Discectomy 
Percutaneous Endoscopic Lumbar Discectomy (PELD) 
Radiosurgical Treatment of Spinal Tumors 
Stenosis Treatments 
Thoracoplasty 
More... 

Cardiac 
Coronary Angioplasty (PTCA or PCI) 
Coronary Artery Bypass Graft (CABG) 
Coronary Angiography 
Artial Septal Defect (ASD) and Ventricular Septal Defect (VSD) 
ASD Device 
Minimally Invasive Direct Coronary Artery Bypass (MIDCAB) 
Off Pump Coronary Artery Bypass (OPCAB) 
Enhanced External CounterPulsation (EECP) (noninvasive) 
Implantable Cardioverter and Defibrillator (ICD) 
Pacemaker Implantation (Single Chamber) 
Pacemaker Implantation (Dual Chamber) 
Peripheral Vascular Treatment 
PDA Device 
Robotic Cardiac Surgery (daVinci Telemanipulation) 
Stenting 
Totally Endoscopic Coronary Artery Bypass (T-CAB) 
Trans Myocardial Laser Revascularisation (TMLR) 
Valvuloplasty 
More... 

Cosmetic 
Arm Lift (Brachioplasty) 
Breast Augmentation (Mammoplasty - Augmentation) 
Breast Lift (Mastopexy) 
Brow Lift 
Buttocks Lift 
Chin Surgery (Mentoplasty) 
Chin Implants 
Cheek Implants 
Circumferential Body Lift 
Ear surgery (Otoplasty) 
Eyelid surgery (Blepharoplasty) 
Face Lift (Rhytidectomy) 
Facial implants 
Forehead / Brow Lift 
Gynecomastia 
Hair Transplant 
Jaw Reconstruction 
Jaw Shaving 
Lip Enhancement 
Liposuction 
Mole Excision 
Neck Lift (Platysmaplasty) 
Nose Surgery (Rhinoplasty) 
Ptosis Correction 
Skin Grafts 
Spider Veins (Sclerotherapy) 
Thigh Lift (Thighplasty) 
Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty) 
More... 

Gastroenterology 
Colonoscopy 
Gastroscopy / Endoscopy 
Flexible Sigmoidoscopy 
Colonoscopic Polypectomy 
Foreign Body Removal 
Achalasia Cardia Dilatation 
Colonoscopic Balloon Dilatation 
Sigmoidoscopic Balloon Dilatation 
Esophageal Metal Stenting 
Endoscopic Ryle`s Tube Placement 
Endoscopic Sclerotherapy 
Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrostomy 
Endoscopic Hemoclip Appln. GI Bleed 
ERCP Diagnostic 
ERCP Therapeutic 
Mechanical Liphotripsy of Biliary Stones 
Paracentesis 
Ultrsound Guided Liver Biopsy 
Glue Injection of Fundal Varices 
Gastrectomy 
Sigmoidoscopic Polypectomy 
Esophageal / Pyloric / Duodenal Dilatation 
Endoscopic Banding 
Laparoscopy Appendicetomy 
Endoscopy 
Gastroplasty 
Laparoscopy assisted Hemicolectomy 
Laparoscopy Cardiomyotomy 
Laparoscopy Cholecystectomy with Choledochoduodenestomy 
Laparoscopy Fundoplication 
Laparoscopy Gastrojejunostomy 
Laparoscopy Rectopexy 
Laparoscopy Splenectomy 
Laparoscopy duonenal, Preforation closure 
Liver Cyst 
Psudopancreatic Cyst 
Wireless capsule Endoscopy 
Laparoscopy Cholecystectomy 
laparoscopic adrenaloctomy 
More... 

Opthalmology 
LASIK 
Squint 
Retinal Detachment 
Vitrectomy 
Vitrectomy + Retinal Detachment 
Ptosis 
Fundus fluroscein Angiography (FFA) 
Phaco + IOL (Intra Ocular Lens) 
Cataract + Glaucoma 
Pterygium Removal 
Squint Correction - horizontal 
Squint Correction - vertical 
Glaucoma (Trabeculectomy) 
More... 

ENT 
Myringoplasty 
Superficial Parotidectomy 
Tonsillectomy 
Septoplasty 
Stapedotomy 
Ossiculoplasty 
Thyroplasty 
Micro Larynglean Surgery 
Tympanoplasty 
Thyroidectomy 
Cochlear Implant 
Somnoplasty 
More... 

Urology 
Lithotripsy 
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Optical Internal Urethrotomy 
Endoscopic Surgery - TURP / TUEVP 
Pyeloplasty 
Variocele - unilateral 
Endoscopic Surgery - Optical Internal Urethrotomy 
Endoscopic Surgery - Endopyelotomy 
Stone Treatments 
Percutaneous Nephrolithotomy (PCNL) 
Ureteroscopy (URS) 
More... 

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Oncology 
Vascular 
General Surgery 
Wellness 
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