What you should consider before having surgery overseas


Introduction: Surgery can be a life-changing experience for many people, and it’s understandable why some may consider travelling overseas to undergo a procedure. However, it’s important to understand the potential risks and challenges associated with having surgery abroad. In this blog, we will explore what you should consider before having surgery overseas to help you make an informed decision.


  1. Research the Credentials of the Surgeon and Clinic It’s essential to do thorough research on the surgeon and clinic you are considering for your surgery. Check if the surgeon is board-certified and has a good reputation. Additionally, look into the accreditation of the clinic and ensure that they meet the same safety and hygiene standards as those in Australia. Remember, the qualifications and standards of medical practice can vary widely from country to country.

  2. Understand the Risks All surgeries come with risks, and having a procedure abroad can add additional challenges. These risks can include complications during surgery, postoperative complications, and difficulties accessing aftercare once you return to Australia. It’s important to discuss these risks with your surgeon and ensure you fully understand them before making a decision.

  3. Know What Your Insurance Covers Before having surgery abroad, you should check with your health insurance provider to see what your policy covers. Some policies may not cover procedures done overseas, while others may have limitations on the amount they will pay. Be sure to ask about the coverage for complications that may arise after the procedure as well.

  4. Consider Language and Cultural Differences When having surgery overseas, it’s important to consider the potential language and cultural barriers you may face. Communication is crucial when it comes to medical care, and if you can’t effectively communicate with your surgeon or medical staff, it can lead to misunderstandings and complications.

  5. Factor in Travel Costs and Time Travelling abroad for surgery involves more than just the cost of the procedure itself. You need to consider the cost of travel, accommodation, and any other associated costs. Additionally, factor in the time you’ll need to spend abroad for the surgery and recovery. This can be particularly challenging if you have work or family commitments.

Conclusion: Travelling abroad for surgery can be a viable option for some people, but it’s essential to understand the potential risks and challenges. By doing your research, understanding the risks, and factoring in all associated costs, you can make an informed decision that is right for you. Remember, your health and safety should always come first.


  • Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks.
  • Before proceeding, you have the option to seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified surgeon trained and experienced in aesthetic and reconstructive surgery.
  • Recovery time and treatment results will vary from patient to patient and depend upon a variety of individual patient factors.


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About Dr Rodrigo Teixeira

Dr Rodrigo Teixeira, MD, FRACS is a Plastic Surgeon in Melbourne, Australia. He is based at Unveil Plastic Surgery located at the heart of the East Ivanhoe Village.


Dr Teixeira is experienced in Aesthetic and Reconstructive surgery of the Face, Nose and Breast. He is a fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS), member of the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) and the Australasian Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (ASAPS). Internationally, he is a member of the American and the International Societies.


To discuss your aesthetic goals including any reservations or concerns regarding your appearance, or any other cosmetic procedure, you should first have a consultation with your general practitioner. You will need a valid referral to see a specialist surgeon.  For further information you can contact  us on 03 9000 3800. 

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