Archive for March, 2010

Elective Medicine

Elective  Medicine includes any traditional or non-traditional medical treatment that a person chooses to undergo without any significant underlying medical reason, such as cosmetic surgery. For many years people have been coming to Costa Rica for elective procedures, especially for cosmetic surgeries performed by surgeons equally qualified to those found in the States, and for a considerable cost savings. Cosmetic surgery continues to become more and more popular.

For example, a poll of over 1,000 adults was conducted in the summer of 1997 on behalf of the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS). In response to the question “If you were to undergo facial plastic surgery, what procedure would you consider?” 23% said a facelift.
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Healthcare In Costa Rica

Statistics from the World Health Organization’s “The World Health Report 1995″ place Costa Rica third in life expectancy in the world, sandwiched neatly behind Japan and France and ahead of Great Britain and the United States; and with a per capita income about one tenth that of the other four. Certainly, some reasons for this can be found in the Costa Rican less-than-frenetic lifestyle, the healthy, fresh, non-preservative-laden foods of the country, the tropical climate–Costa Rica seems to be a healthy place to live. But if one looks simply at the life issues, so are many other places on the globe. Costa Rica is a healthy place to live because its government continues a long- time commitment to affordable access for each and every citizen to one of the finest health care systems in the world.


First Successful Fetal Surgery in Latin America

December, 1997

Again Costa Rica leads the way in medical care in Latin America. And, it’s not far behind the U.S. in pursuing innovative and state of the art medical procedures.

On November 10, 1997, doctors at the public hospital Calderon Guardia, operated on the right lung of a seven-month fetus still in the mother’s womb. This intrauterine operation, performed by Dr. Gerardo Escalante López* chief of fetal medicine at the hospital, is a first for Costa Rica and, apparently, all of Latin America. In fact, only fifteen other operations of this nature have been performed worldwide. Both fetus and mother are now doing well and the baby, to be called María Consuelo, is developing normally.

The intrauterine operation was performed to remove a congenital malformation (cyst) which was detected on the right lung of the fetus at five months. If allowed to continue to grow, the cyst would have crowded out vital organs and eventually killed the fetus. The operation entailed significant risk for the fetus. The technique involved piercing the back of the fetus with a catheter 25mm in length and 3mm in diameter. Once the catheter was in place, the liquid in the cyst was drained and a very small valve was inserted to allow continued drainage of excess liquid into the fetal sac where it will be absorbed naturally.

Post-operative monitoring insured that the internal organs of the fetus were returning to their correct positions and that the fetus was again developing normally. Immediately after birth the baby will be transferred to the children’s hospital where the decision will be made by a team of neonatal specialists whether to remove the valve or operate to remove the remaining body of the now deflated cyst. Prognosis for eventual complete recovery and normal development of Maria Consuelo is excellent.

That such a highly complex and advanced operation could be performed in Costa Rica may surprise people living in other “developed” countries. However, those familiar with the excellence of the Costa Rican medical system are not at all surprised; such quality care is routinely expected of the many dedicated and well-trained medical professionals who make up our world-class health care system.

*Dr. Gerardo Escalante López and his wife, Dr. Delia Ribas Valdés, are the co-directors of the Costa Rican Infertility Institute (Instituto Costarricense de Infertilidad). Both are dedicated professionals with training and skills found in the finest international medical institutions.


Other Elective Medical Procedures

Costa Rica's medical specialists include experts in laser eye surgery and in alternative treatment methods such as acupuncture and naturopathic medicine

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Spas

Costa Rica has an entire range of health and beauty spas located in San Jose and around the country

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Stress Control

Stress release at one of Costa Rica's tropical spas can have you rejuvenated in no time

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Weight Control

In Costa Rica there are several excellent weight loss programs as well as medical/nutritional specialists dedicated to helping people achieve weight loss

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Cosmetic Dentistry

There are many very experienced cosmetic dentists in Costa Rica. From a simple whitening procedure to complex dental implants

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Cosmetic Surgery

Most cosmetic surgeons in Costa Rica are all highly trained and experienced and use the most modern laser equipment

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Chronic Pain

There is an excellent pain clinic in Costa Rica as well as several specialists in pain

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