||Last Updated: Feb 13, 2017 - 1:45:37 AM
- When Wayne Wright needed knee replacement surgery, his wife
wanted him to undergo the operation in an American hospital, but
Wayne did his research and all signs pointed to searching for a
solution overseas, more specifically to Health City Cayman Islands.
Because Wayne's company is self-insured, finding an affordable, high
quality medical facility was a critical element in the
decision-making process. Wayne's company's insurance agency
contacted Companion Global Healthcare, a medical tourism facilitator
that works with 18 hospitals around the world and understands that
healthcare outside the United States is much more affordable than it
is in America.
Wayne, who is from Marshal, Texas, was pleased
and reassured to find that the list of hospitals and doctors he
needed to consider had been vetted by the insurance company.
Ultimately, when it was time for him to decide which option to
pursue, Companion Global gave Health City the highest endorsement
due to the proximity to the United States, the quality of the
doctors and the facility, as well as the cost factor. In fact, due
to the savings he realized, Wayne added another procedure at Health
City - a second knee replacement.
Dr. Alwin Almeida, Chief Orthopaedic Surgeon and Joint Replacement Specialist
at Health City, performed the bilateral single stage knee
replacement. "Because he was quite fit and medically cleared for a
bilateral surgery at the same time, we operated on both his knees at
the same time...and the very next day after surgery he was up and
about. By the third or fourth day, we were ready to send him back to
the resort," remarked Dr. Almeida.
"Over the past decade,
Companion Global Healthcare's staff have visited JCI-accredited
hospitals in almost 30 countries. Over the same period, an
increasing number of employers have recognized the value of surgical
care available in select facilities outside the United States,"
stated David Boucher, President of Companion Global. He added: "It
was a pleasure to serve members like Mr. Wright (and) we look
forward to more consumers experiencing first class care at Health
City Cayman Islands."
Wayne's wife, Teresa, didn't want him to leave their familiar
surroundings and have surgery in a foreign country. But after
witnessing the success of the operation and Wayne's post-surgery
experience, her opinion has changed.
"I really thought he would
be in a wheelchair until we went home...but he was never in a
wheelchair," Teresa marveled. "I was just amazed because the only
person I knew in the States that had bilateral knee replacement went
to a nursing home from the hospital for rehab and could not take
care of themselves." Says Wayne with a hearty laugh: "I think today,
Health City converted her."
Before his operation, Wayne
couldn't walk more than 30 feet without feeling pain. Now, having
undergone surgery at Health City, he is even more convinced that he
made the right choice by coming to the Cayman Islands facility.
Although he experienced some soreness at the incision site - a
fairly typical post-surgical occurrence - Wayne reported that he
felt no pain upon walking. "Right now it doesn't hurt at all, other
than just the healing process from the incision, in rebuilding the
muscles. But as far as pain, I don't have pain in my knees now."
Having performed more than 4,000 procedures in his career, Dr.
Almeida knows that success depends on much more than just the
outcome of the operation. Physiotherapy
and the amount of effort a patient applies to his or her
rehabilitation play a big role in determining whether a patient will
enjoy an improved quality of life after surgery. With respect to
Wayne, the surgeon noted: "He's doing extremely well with regard to
his rehab, and he's quite pain free."
For Wayne, knowing the
full cost of his medical treatment (and recovery) in advance of the
surgery added to his satisfaction. Health City's single bundled
pricing policy gives patients upfront disclosure of the cost of the
hospital stay, anesthesia, medications and physician's fees.
"[There were] no surprises. No stack of bills that thick. The bill was one page, four lines on it, and that's it."
Speaking about their Health City experience, Wayne and Teresa have
nothing but high praises not only for the doctors who treated Wayne,
but also for the nurses and the hospital's support staff. "Everyone
was so concerned with our care and our well-being," said Teresa.
Added Wayne: "It was just a great experience. I mean I could not ask
for anything to have been better."
About Health City Cayman Islands
Health City Cayman Islands, the vision of renowned heart surgeon and
humanitarian Dr. Devi Shetty, is supported by two major healthcare
organizations, Narayana Health and the U.S.-based Ascension, which
is that nation's largest faith-based and nonprofit health system,
providing the highest quality care to all with special attention to
those who are poor and vulnerable. Health City Cayman Islands
provides compassionate, high-quality, affordable healthcare services
in a world-class, comfortable, patient-centered environment.
Offering healthcare to international, regional and local patients,
Health City Cayman Islands delivers excellence in adult and
pediatric cardiology, cardiac surgery, medical oncology, orthopedics, sports medicine, pediatric endocrinology, and pulmonology.
For further information, visit www.healthcitycaymanislands.
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