The popularity of general surgery in Iran is growing each and every day. That is why it’s better to educate yourself on what exactly is general surgery and what it represents. You might think that you know the answer to this question, but the name is actually a little tricky. Stay with me during this article to know what it actually is and why Iran is the best place for such procedures.
What really is General Surgery?
General surgery refers to the operations that are related to the abdominal parts of the body as well as skin and breast and general surgery in Iran is exactly the same. According to the American College of Surgeons, the surgeons that perform such surgical procedures need to have the knowledge and the experience related to these points:
- Alimentary tract
- Abdomen and its contents
- Breast, skin, and soft tissue
- Head and neck, including trauma, vascular, endocrine, congenital and oncologic disorders – particularly tumors of the skin, salivary glands, thyroid, parathyroid, and the oral cavity
- Vascular system, excluding the intracranial vessels and heart
- The endocrine system, including thyroid, parathyroid, adrenal, and endocrine pancreas
- Surgical oncology, including coordinated multimodality management of the cancer patient by screening, surveillance, surgical adjunctive therapy, rehabilitation, and follow-up
- Comprehensive management of trauma, including musculoskeletal, hand, and head injuries. The responsibility for all phases of care of the injured patient is an essential component of general surgery.
- Complete care of critically ill patients with underlying surgical conditions, in the emergency room, intensive care unit, and trauma/burn units
So as you see, general surgery is more than just abdomen. Actually, Verywellhealth website in an article written in 2018 has claimed:
“Despite the term “general”, surgeons that practice general surgery are highly skilled surgeons that typically operate on common abdominal complaints including appendicitis, hernias, gallbladder surgeries, stomach, and intestinal issues. This focus on the abdomen is not absolute, as general surgeons may specialize in a type of surgery, such as treating cancer or burns which requires the surgeon to be able to perform procedures on multiple areas of the body”.
General surgeries might be considered a little bit easier than other types of surgeries and general surgery in Iran is not an exception, but that does not mean that you should leave everything to the surgeon and not taking any part in the procedure. In fact, a huge part of the recovery process depends on you and how well you take care of yourself after the surgery, whether you are performing your general surgery in Iran or any other places around the world. Later on in this article, I provide you some helpful tips about how to speed up your recovery period after having a general surgery in Iran. But let’s not rush into things and first, know a little bit more about general surgeries. Some of the aforementioned types are easy and you probably know what they do and how they work. But let me explain some of the most important ones.
Appendicitis and appendectomy in Iran
Appendicitis is one of the most common causes of abdominal discomfort which in some cases, needs surgery. This surgery is considered as general surgery. The inflammation of the appendix is called appendicitis. Many sources consider the most common age of appendicitis occurrence between 10 to 30 and this accurance is seen more in males than females. You need to keep in mind that appendicitis is a serious problem and if you don’t take care of it, it will burst and cause infection which might be fatal. It often feels like mild cramping at first but grows into an unbearable pain and vomiting. Appendicitis as a general surgery in Iran depends on your case’s details and it might differ from one patient to another. To remove your appendix, you should do an Appendectomy, in which the surgeon removes your appendix. Appendectomy in Iran can be either open surgery or your surgeon might do it through a laparoscopy procedure. Laparoscopy is less invasive and has a shorter recovery time. But it all depends on your case and might not be the same as another patient.
Hernias and Hernioplasty Surgery in Iran
A hernia happens when a tissue or an organ pushes and tries to get out of a weakened or damaged part of a muscular or integumentary wall which normally keeps the organ in its right place. The most common kind of hernia is umbilical Hernia, it’s when the intestines push past the abdominal wall and create something like a bump on the abdomen. Types of hernia include Hiatal Hernia, Umbilical Hernia, Inguinal Hernia, and Incisional Hernia.
The most common Hernioplasty surgery in Iran is Umbilical Hernia Surgery. In Umbilical Hernia surgery, there will be a small cut or incision below the belly button and the tissues that are swollen inside the hernia sac will be pushed back inside the belly. Then the cut will be stitched and closed.
General surgery in Iran also includes surgeries for curing other types of hernias as well.
Gallbladder and Laparoscopic Gallbladder Surgery in Iran
The Laparoscopic Gallbladder Surgery, also known as Cholecystectomy, is another sort of general surgery in Iran that is for removing gallbladder and gallstones. Several small cuts in the abdomen opens up the way for the removal. The abdomen then will be inflated with air or carbon dioxide in order for the doctor to see clearly. General anesthesia is needed for this surgery with the maximum time of 2 hours.
These 3 surgeries that I mentioned just now, are among the most common surgeries that are considered to be a part of general surgeries. They can happen to anyone if they are not careful and they might end up having surgery. But don’t worry! If you expand your knowledge about general surgeries and the surgery that you might need, there’s no reason to be scared and stressed. That leads us to the next question:
How the general surgeries are done?
General surgery in Iran and other parts of the world is just like regular procedures but a little less invasive. They can be either open surgery or have minimal to non-invasive approaches. The minimal kind also goes by the name “keyhole” surgery which can be done through a really small incision and is done with special tools that are used during this procedure.
Now if you are going to have a surgery like this, you may consider medical tourism to have some fun on the side. What is medical tourism? Go ahead and read the next part!
Medical tourism and general surgery
The one who does the surgery for you is important, even if the surgery is not a risky one. So you should consider all the available options and pick wisely. The growing number of surgeons performing such services has led some tourist agencies into coming up with a solution that would be a win-win for both you and them. How? They do the research for you, find the best surgeon based on your needs, find the best place to perform the surgery and even take care of the place you will be staying during the whole process. These kinds of offers and such travel types are the things that create the concept of Medical Tourism. It’s when you decide to do a medical procedure in another city or another country and a travel agency do all the work to ensure a brilliant experience for you as a customer and a patient. Such agencies book a flight for you, take care of the hotel reservation and even give you options for the flight back all beside the fact that they find the perfect place for you to get your surgery done with the cheapest and the most affordable prices. MedoTrip is among such agencies with years of experience, offering a great service with the highest quality for the ones who wants to do general surgery in Iran.
General surgery in Iran
Iranian surgeons are famous for their good and clean work and also their deep knowledge when it comes to their field of expertise. These are all the necessary factors that general surgeons need to achieve the best possible result after the procedure. And the Iranian Association of Surgeons makes sure that Iranian surgeons are qualified and successful enough when it comes to general surgery and that is why you can choose Iran as a trusted destination while going on a medical trip. These surgeons are highly educated and well prepared to perform unique and flawless surgery. Years and years of experience have prepared them for even the major and most dangerous surgeries of them all.
Plus, not only the skilled surgeons but also the low prices can be intriguing enough to attract the attention of such travelers. In addition to that, the advanced technology used in the hospital and preparing the necessities needed for international patients have made the whole process just like taking a walk alongside the beach: easy and fun, and before you know it, the procedure is done and you have to get back home with a heart, warm with all the memories you had during your trip.
Tips to boost your recovery process after having a general surgery in Iran
There are a few things you can try to make your general surgery recovery process a little less painful and speed it up.
- Follow the prescribed diet
Each surgeon gives you certain food limitations and suggestions that will help you have a better recovery procedure. Try to do exactly as your surgeon says to ease the process for your body.
- Don’t underestimate the power of PROTEIN!
Try to get enough protein before your operation day. Proteins help your body’s immunity and help in healing and closing up the wounds faster.
- Fill your food with fiber
Having a high-fiber diet helps in the digestion process since medications and having fewer activities after the surgery in many cases cause constipation. So fill your food with fiber to avoid such conditions. You can get fiber from vegetables, yogurt, fruit and even nuts like almonds.
- Avoid Smoking
This might be hard for you if you are among the ones who light their next cigarette with the last one’s fire! But try to at least avoid smoking before and after your surgery for a while. A study shows that the ones who smoked right before their surgery had a greater chance when it comes to surgical site infection. Plus, smoking increases the chance of having a heart attack and stroke.
- Don’t forget nutritional supplements
Nutritional supplements help your overall health and as a result, help you get back on your feet soon after having any general surgeries. Especially Omega-3 has shown a great benefit in reducing inflammation while on the recovery period. Although after having a general surgery in Iran, the doctors prescribe the necessary vitamins for you, if you think you need more, consult with your doctor to give you more nutritional supplements.
- Follow your doctor’s instructions
It’s important to follow everything your doctor tells you to. They have probably been doing their jobs for years now and know what is right and what is wrong. If they tell you to do something, there’s a good chance that those tips have benefits for your recovery and overall health. So try to keep up with the instruction and don’t do what you shouldn’t to speed up the recovery process.
Have you ever experience Medical Tourism and tried doing general surgery in Iran? If so, what are the things that you think might ease the process for the ones who are considering this procedure? Leave a comment and tell us all about your experiences.