Medical tourism in Turkey
Turkey is a leading medical tourism destination that offers some of the best care and private treatment facilities in the world. In addition to the top-quality facilities available to patients, medical travellers can access wellness services and hotel accommodation of the highest standard. Turkey has become one of the top destinations for tourist from across Europe, including Russia, Germany, UK, Netherlands and more, as well as the Middle East and the Americas.
With many private hospitals spread across some of the most popular touristic destination, patients can find the exact treatment they need, and have it done at a location that best suits them.
Turkey is a secular, unitary, parliamentary republic. A large part of the country is in Anatolia, west Asia, with a smaller part located in the Balkan peninsula in the southeast of Europe. Bordering turkey are eight countries, Greece, Bulgaria, Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Iran, Iraq and Syria.
The capital of Turkey is Ankara which is in the heart of Anatolia. The best known and most populous city is Istanbul which has a population of 15 million and is the financial, cultural and historical centre of the country.
While Istanbul is a big tourist attraction all year round, during the summer periods the coastal regions of the Aegean and Mediterranean are very popular with both tourists and medical travellers.
Turkey healthcare system
Due to its close relations with the European Union and its desire to become a member, Turkey is implementing many of the European standards expected of healthcare institutions. Especially when it comes to standard of quality, care and technology.
Turkish Medical Association sets the local standards and guidelines that are followed by hospitals, healthcare facilities and medical practitioners.
Turkey has an estimated 1200 hospitals, 55% of which are own and operated by the state. The rest are either private, run by universities or foreign operations. Many private care providers are accredited internationally by the Joint Commissions International (JCI), the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JACHO), International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and have affiliations with Western medical groups.
English is widely spoken by medical staff, but interpreters will be available for medical travellers if needed. Medical staff are certified by the Turkish Medical Association and are usually members of organisation they specialise in like Turkish Dental Association, Turkish Gynaecologist & Obstetric Association, Turkish Orthopaedic and Traumatology Association, Turkish Plastic Reconstructive & Aesthetic Surgery Society, Turkish Society of Cardiovascular Surgery, and so on.
Travelling to Turkey for treatment
Most direct flights from the UK go to Istanbul. Depending on the time of year, more direct flights to different destinations like Izmir and Antalya may become available.
Typical flight time to turkey from the UK is 3.5 to 4 hours. The cost of a flight will vary depending on the time of year. There are many low-cost flight operators, as well as many bigger airlines that fly to Turkey which gives travellers plenty of travel options.
Last year over 1.7 million British nationals travelled to Turkey, most without any problems. If you need emergency assistance you may contact the nearest British embassy for support. If you’re a dual national, Turkish and British, the British embassy may only be able to offer limited support.
Be sure to take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel. Although this type of insurance won’t help with the cost of your medical travel or any complications that may occur, it can be extremely useful when, and if, you’re confronted with and unexpected situation while out there.
Medicinal fertility treatment
Fertility drugs are usually given to women as they are commonly prescribed for ovulation problems. In some instance drugs will also be given to men for male infertility problems.
Use any prescribed medicine as advised by your doctor. Some medication may have side effects like nausea, headaches and vomiting which your doctor should inform you on.
Surgical fertility procedures
For some condition, outlined below, surgical treatment is required to investigate and help with fertility problems.
Fallopian tube surgery:
The fallopian tube may become blocked or damaged, preventing eggs from passing through. Surgery can be used to repair the tube tissue to allowing the egg to pass through. The success rate of this surgery depends on the amount of damage that needs to be corrected.
Endometriosis, Fibroids and Polycystic Ovary Syndrome
In some women the inner lining of the womb may start to grow and swell outside of the womb. This condition is known as Endometriosis and can be treated with Laparoscopic surgery.
Laparoscopy can also be used to treat fibroids, a growth in the womb, and Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, which affects the way women’s ovaries function.
If the epididymis, which stores and transports sperm, becomes blocked it can prevent sperm from being ejaculated normally and result in infertility in some men.
For men diagnosed with epididymal blockage, or any other form of blockage that prevents sperm from passing through naturally, surgical extraction may be an option.
In vitro fertilisation (IVF):
Eggs are removed from the ovaries and fertilised in the laboratory before being returned to the womb to develop. Before IVF treatment is carried out, the woman may need to take some medication to increase the number of eggs produced.
Intrauterine insemination (IUI):
IUI treatment, also known as artificial insemination, is carried out by firstly collecting sperm samples and washing them in a liquid solution. The best specimens are carefully selected, best being the most active sperm cells. The specimens are then inserted into the womb using a tube.
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Fertility treatment in Turkey
Couples who have been trying to get pregnant naturally for over a year, or in some cases two, may find that assisted conception through fertility treatments like IVF is the best way to increase the chance of pregnancy.
There are several different treatments that can be used to assist with pregnancy however the most suitable treatment for you and your partner will be determined by the cause of the fertility problem. Fertility treatment can be quite expensive in the UK if you do not qualify for treatment on the NHS (learn more about fertility treatment in the UK), which is why so many patients from the UK and other European countries travel to Turkey for treatment.
Going to Turkey for private fertility treatment will save you time and money and give you the flexibility to time your treatment for when it suits you. In some cases, multiple attempts may be needed to achieve pregnancy which can be done on a significantly smaller budget in Turkey.
typically, the success rate of fertility treatment is around 60% for women over the age of 30. This number decreases as you get older. The success rate of treatment is directly affected by the cause of the fertility problem, so a consultation is required to know the likelihood of success for you.
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