Medical Tourism in Iran
Did you know that Iran completes the most rhinoplasty (nose jobs) surgeries in the world per capita? Iran has about .6 percent of the world’s rhinoplasty surgeons at 238 as of 2016. However, they complete almost 4% of the worlds nose jobs. To put this in perspective, Brazil at the top spot, did 8.1% with 5,473 surgeons and is why they are ranked among the highest for medical tourism.
That’s a staggering amount of people having surgery done with a just a relatively few amount of surgeons. Iran is also ranked in the top 10 in stem cell research, computer science, and chemical engineering, as well as nanotechnology.
This is all to say that, although the country lacks in some areas, in many other important sectors Iran is amongst the best in the world. These are just some of the lesser known reasons why Iran should be considered among the top medical tourist destinations in the world.
There is also a stigma attached to the land that comes from largely biased sources that overshadow the counties positive aspects. Iran is an ancient land, one that has deep traditions, but also has some of the best health care professionals and facilities in certain fields, in the world.
Many of the most popular doctors, such as orthopedic surgeon Dr. Rashid Ganji, first studied abroad, became extremely qualified in their field, so much so that they are invited to lecture in other countries throughout the world. Others practice in another country, then come back to Iran and practice as well.
Cost of Knee Surgery or Total Knee Replacement in the US
Most international patients are Iranian citizens who live in the US or abroad and decide to come back to get some sort of procedure done for remarkably less than anywhere in the world with the same standard of care. As of this writing, one total knee replacement surgery is on average $49,500 in the US. That doesn’t include the other fees, as well as, but not limited to, various hospital bills. On average, these inpatient bills run up another $7,500 USD.
Other outpatient fees include pre- and postoperative costs to the doctor’s office and lab work, physical therapy, and finally, follow-up visits. Postsurgical care includes the recovery and rehabilitation costs approximately $2,600, if you are insured.
Patients can use the Iranian currency devaluation to their advantage. Not only was medical care relatively cheap in comparison with other countries, but foreigners can now get the same procedure, from surgeons trained abroad, for a fraction of the cost.
For example, take the cost of simultaneous bi-lateral knee replacement, it costs approximately $6,000 USD here in Iran. Using Smith & Nephew, an American made prosthesis that are FDA approved. This also covers your doctor visits, pre and post operation as well as 2-3 days for your hospital stay in a private room at a private hospital. 10 physical therapy sessions are required and that is included as well. Dr. Ganji can take a take a look at your x-rays online to determine if you are an eligible candidate for total or partial knee replacement. Everything, except food and lodging is included. However, we will briefly discuss your options and preference as to where to stay.
High Quality Care in Iran
Dr. Ganji has studied simultaneous bi-lateral knee replacement surgery at Rothman’s Hospital in Philadelphia USA, one of the leading hospitals in the world regarding this type of surgery. He performed approximately 800 knee replacement surgeries last year alone.
This is important for patients because you’re dealing with a surgeon who is a specialist in one area of orthopedics. Dr. Ganji deals with rare deformities of the knee and is commonly invited by Smith & Nephew to give presentations and lectures on the newest developments in his field of study.
A growing number of accredited facilities in Iran are gaining popularity. Not only through word of mouth from previous patients, but also through accrediting associations and organizations in regard to their excellent health care approaches in the field of cosmetic and reconstructive surgical approaches and procedures. For example, Sina Hospital located in Mashhad is an extremely modern hospital with ISO certification, known for its excellent and highly trained cosmetic, plastic and general surgeons, as well as staff.
Many doctors and surgeons at such facilities are highly trained, having received their education and training in both their native country of Iran as well as international hospitals and universities. Previous clients of such facilities offer glowing feedback and recommendations to not only native Iranian citizens, but also surrounding region and international travelers.
Gaining a visa came seem burdensome, but leave it to us to guide you through the process. We will pass on your paperwork, guide you through the process and inform you of the requirements. There is some extra costs for this, depending where you are coming from, but inquire within for more details.
Furthermore, Iran is world renowned for its hospitality. A driver will personally be waiting to pick you up from the airport, take you to the hotel and help with check-in. Also, an English speaking assistant will help you get around the city, give you tips, but more importantly, getting to and from the doctor’s office and hospital without any trouble. A native from the US will be available at all times while you are planning to come, are in town, and after your operation as well.
Where to Stay in Iran
One of the nicest and most luxurious hotels in the 2nd largest city in Iran is Ghasr Talaee. Each night at this 5 star hotel is approximately $150 per night and about a 10 minute car ride. A more traditional hotel, with a more Middle Eastern feel would be a bit quite cheaper and offer a more authentic experience. All while exceeding your typical demands of a hotel. Although not needed, you could get a certified nurse, who speaks English, to help you for as little as $15 a day.
Final Words on Medical Tourism In Iran
It seems intimidating to some to come to such a strange country. I agree, to some degree I had the same preconceptions before I arrived to visit family for the first time. The countries hospitality, paired with my family, convinced me to stay longer than originally planned. You too will discover how much Iranians love their guests. However, don’t take my word for it. Ask a Persian how they treat foreign guests. No matter their race or creed, we will always treat guests with a large amount of respect unheard of in other countries. Of course, saving thousands of dollars to receive treatment from one of the best orthopedic surgeons in the world isn’t so bad either.
So what is holding you back from coming to Iran to receive treatment from internationally renowned specialists? Comment below and let us know what you think.