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Music is as effective as drugs at calming nerves ahead of surgery - study

23/07/2019

Most people feel nervous ahead of surgery, even if the procedure they’re about to undergo is straightforward. To calm these nerves, patients are often given medication. But a new study suggests that music could be just as effective. According to a study conducted by researchers at the University of Pennsylvania, a special song written to reduce anxiety, blood pressure and heart rate performed as well as a sedative for calming patients ahead of surgery. For the trial, 157 surgery patients were either given the drug midazolam or play the so-called “world’s most relaxing song”, Weightless by UK band Marconi Union, while they were being given an anaesthetic to numb a part of their body. Patient anxiety was equally reduced in both groups, suggesting the music was an effective alternative to the drugs. The great news about this is the music medicine is both free and completely safe, whereas the drugs cost money and can have side effects. Speaking about the findings of the research, Dr Veena Graff, assistant professor of anaesthesiology and critical care at the University Of Pennsylvania Perelman School Of Medicine, said: “Music lights up the emotional area of the brain, the reward system and the pleasure pathways. “It means patients can be in their own world, they can be comfortable and have full control.” Intrigued what the world’s most relaxing song sounds like? Listen to it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2JNM-xPZXgI

Daytime wounds heal more quickly than night-time ones

14/11/2017

Wounds that occur during daylight hours heal faster than wounds that occur after dark, a new study has found. The research discovered that burns sustained at night took, on average, 28 days to heal, while burns that occurred during the day only took 17 days. In fact, the team from the UK's MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, which carried out the research, said the healing difference between daytime burns and night time burns was astounding. Publishing the findings of their research in Science Translational Medicine, the team of scientists said the difference in healing times was down to the way the human body clock ticks inside nearly every human cell over a 24-hour period. Specifically, fibroblasts, which are the body’s first responders that immediately head to a wound, are primed and ready to go during the daytime. However, at night, they lose this ability. It’s thought the research could lead to improvements in surgical procedures in the future. For example, drugs that reset a patient’s body clock could provide additional benefits during night-time procedures. Dr John O'Neill, one of the researchers, likened the way in which fibroblasts work to a running race: "It is like the 100m. The sprinter down on the blocks, poised and ready to go, is always going to beat the guy going from a standing start,” he said.

What is Coronary Angioplasty?

21/09/2017

Coronary arteries are the main blood vessels that supply the heart. Sometimes, these arteries can become narrowed or blocked, which can lead to the flow of blood to the heart becoming restricted. A coronary angioplasty is a surgical procedure used to widen blocked or narrowed coronary arteries. You may be surprised to learn that it is carried out using local anaesthetic and did you know that it involves a tiny balloon? The surgeon makes a tiny incision in your groin, arm or wrist and inserts a catheter. This is then guided to your affected coronary artery using an X-ray video. A tiny balloon is then inserted into the artery via the catheter. The balloon is then inflated to squash any fatty deposits against the wall of the artery widening it once more. This allows blood to flow freely again after the balloon is removed. A stent is sometimes also added and enters the artery at the same time as the balloon. It remains in place after the balloon has been deflated and removed to ensure the artery remains in the best possible shape to allow blood to flow freely going forward. The entire procedure only takes around 30 minutes to two hours and most patients are allowed to go home after just one or two days.

Tiny-Armed Robot Could Revolutionise Surgical Procedures

13/12/2016

A tiny robot equipped with equally tiny tentacle-like instruments could soon revolutionise the way in which surgery is performed on people's eyes. Developed by UK-based Cambridge Consultants, the prototype Axsis robot will be able to provide a more accurate, minimally invasive way to conduct eye surgeries. The company behind the prototype has now released a video highlighting just how the delicate instrument can perform one of the world's most common surgical procedures: cataract surgery. Amazingly, the robot's movements are controlled using cables that are about the same width as a human hair, yet stronger by comparison than steel and Kevlar. Advanced sensing algorithms also minimise the risk of human error during operation. "By having a computer in the loop between when the surgeon’s moving their hands, and the robot moving, that computer can recognize when the surgeon is about to go outside and actually puncture the lens, for example, and stop that motion," said Chris Wagner, head of advanced surgical systems at Cambridge Consultants. It is thought that robots such as Axsis can improve treatments for both the surgeon and the patient. Check out Axsis in action in this amazing YouTube video.

A Brief Guide to Hip Replacement Surgery

15/11/2016

Hip replacement surgery is a surgical procedure in which a surgeon removes portions of the hip joint that are arthritic or worn out and replaces them with artificial parts, often made from metal and plastic. It is a procedure that is often undertaken when other treatment options have failed to provide a satisfactory outcome. The result of hip replacement surgery is that the patient benefits from improved mobility, hip joint function and reduced/eliminated pain. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), some 332,000 total hip replacements are performed in the United States every year, highlighting that it is now a common procedure. Anyone who is experiencing debilitating hip pain and a loss of movement is a potential candidate for hip replacement surgery, but as with any medical intervention, the procedure may be unsuitable for some individuals. The really good news is that hip replacement surgery is now minimally invasive, meaning a surgeon can perform it with reduced pain; less muscle trauma; minimal scarring; and a smaller incision - all of which benefit the patient and afford a speedier recovery. You can find out more information about the hip replacement surgery options we can facilitate, including some of our partner clinics specialising in this procedure, on our website.

Bariatric Surgery Best for Long-Term Weight Loss

05/09/2016

The benefits of weight loss surgery for obese and overweight individuals have been known for a long time. However, a new study now shows that the results of bariatric surgery are not just short-term, and much of the weight appears to stay off for at least 10 years. In fact, the study goes on to state that bariatric surgery is more effective than other surgical procedures and non-surgical techniques when it comes to weight loss and long-term weight management. Published in the journal JAMA Surgery, the findings are notable because they include the results of a decade-long follow-up, in addition to two separate areas of study. Lead author of the study Matt Maciejewski, who is a professor of medicine at Duke University School of Medicine, in Durham, N.C., said: “This study suggests that patients interested in bariatric surgery, especially gastric bypass surgery, should be able to lose a significant amount of weight and keep that weight off for a very long time." For the study, the researchers first compared thousands of veterans who had received bariatric surgery to another group that hadn't. After a year, the bariatric surgery group had lost 31% of their starting weight, while the other group had lost just 1%. After 10 years, the bariatric surgery group had managed to maintain a nearly 21% greater weight loss than their non-surgical counterparts, highlighting the long-term benefits that weight loss surgery can have. The researchers then looked into how effective different types of weight loss surgery are. They found that after four years, patients who had undergone a gastric bypass had lost nearly 28% of their starting weight, while those who a had sleeve gastrectomy lost about 18% and those with gastric banding lost about 11%.

iPads, Tablets Keep Kids Calm Before Surgery

30/08/2016

When it comes to lowering a child's anxiety before surgery, iPads and tablets can have as much effect as sedatives, according to preliminary research presented at the World Congress of Anaesthesiologists in Hong Kong this week. The French team behind the research conducted a simple experiment with more than 100 children (aged 4-10) and their parents. Prior to undergoing an outpatient surgical procedure that required a general anaesthetic, half of the children were given the sedative midazolam, while the other half were allowed to play games on an iPad. All patients and their families reported similar levels of anxiety relief ahead of the surgery. However, the parents in the iPad group said they were happier with how the anaesthesia process went. This sentiment was echoed by the nurses involved in the procedures. "Our study showed that child and parental anxiety before anaesthesia are equally blunted by midazolam or use of the iPad," said Dr. Dominique Chassard, study author and an anaesthesiologist at the Hospices Civils de Lyon in France. "However, the quality of induction of anaesthesia, as well as parental satisfaction, were judged better in the iPad group," he added. The French researchers did not offer any reasons for why playing games on a tablet was so helpful, but possible reasons range from them being a simple distraction to allowing the child to have an experience that feels less medical and, therefore, less threatening.

UK Patients Could Soon Find Themselves Going to France for Surgery

17/09/2015

British citizens residing in the south of England could soon see themselves travelling to Calais to undergo surgical procedures if a new deal is finalised by the NHS. The South Kent Coast Clinical Commissioning Group, which covers a population of some 202,000 people in the Folkestone and Dover area, drew up the proposals so that patients requiring routine operations and treatment could undergo them in France. It would not only allow said patients to be treated quicker, but would also drive down overall hospital waiting times. Two hospitals in Calais, the Centre Hospitalier de Calais and the Fondation Hospitale, would provide treatment for cataracts, orthopaedics, gynaecology and other routine procedures. Patients will be able to arrange treatment in France via their GPs and while the cost of travel and expenses would need to be footed by the individual, the NHS would pick up the bill for the medical treatment. The option to be treated in France would only be available if the patient discussed it with their GP, Hazel Carpenter from South Kent CCG told the BBC. It’s a situation that has arisen because the two French healthcare providers, along with several from the UK, threw their hats into the ring when the NHS trust invited such organisations to apply "We carried out a careful assessment of the services they offer and are visiting sites," said Carpenter. "The two French providers, among others, fulfilled our criteria and we expect to finalise a contract with them,” she added. Damian Collins, an MP for Folkestone and Hythe in Kent, welcomed the idea, saying it was sensible due to the fact that France is actually closer and more accessible than some parts of London. He also described the hospital in Calais as “fantastic”.     Photo: Centre Hospitalier de Calais

Robots Set to Revolutionise MRI Surgery

16/07/2015

  If Hollywood movies are anything to go by, the future of mankind is one that will be littered with robots. The multitude of roles they can potentially fulfil and their versatility make them perfect for all manner of applications. One of the most important industries that stands to benefit from a robotic revolution is the healthcare sector. And now researchers at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) are in the process of developing a robot that can assist with intricate surgical procedures while a patient is inside an MRI scanner. However, the strong magnetic fields used by these machines mean that metal objects cannot be placed inside when they’re being operated. That’s why the team at WPI have developed a robot that is made from plastic and features ceramic piezoelectric motors. The robots are currently being tested on human patients undergoing prostate biopsies at Boston’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Real-time MRI images can be used by the radiologists to guide their robotic assistants, affording unprecedented accuracy throughout the procedure. Gregory Fischer, a mechanical engineering professor at WPI, whose Automation and Interventional Medicine Robotics Lab spearheaded the research, said: “Essentially, we made a device that can move around the MRI bore without affecting image quality.” You can read more about the technology behind this surgical breakthrough in this journal article.   Photo credit: Mirror

Ophthalmic

28/05/2015

CATARACT SURGERY You are suffering from cataract responsible for your visual disorders. Your ophthalmologist proposes surgery because it is the only way to improve your vision.  Cataract is the clouding of the crystalline lens, a high power lens located inside the eye. Cataract procedure: The patient lays on the back, in a sterile surgical environment under a microscope. Cataract’s operation represents a major surgical procedure, because it consists of incising the eye and extracting one of its elements inside: crystalline lens. About hospitalisation: A minimum of several hours hospitalisation is necessary. Your ophthalmologist will decide the mode of anaesthesia in accordance agreement with the anaesthetist. About anaesthesia: The eye can be desensitised by injections of neighbourhood or solely by the instillation of drops. General anaesthesia is also possible. The choice stems from the advice of your ophthalmologist and one of the anaesthetists. Your wish is taken into account whenever possible. The cataract extraction was performed with or without the aid of an ultrasound probe. The envelope of the lens (the capsule) is left took in place. It is exceptional to make the total extraction of the lens. Implantation of an artificial lens (intraocular implant) the lens is replaced with a synthetic lens placed behind the pupil. The incision is sutured to the eye or not. Incidents or difficulties before surgery are rare and unpredictable. They sometimes lead to place the implant to the ward or to waive any location. It may be necessary to remove a small fragment of the iris and / or ablate a portion of the vitreous. The course of the intervention may be complicated by a rupture of the capsule (less than 5% of cases). The cataract extraction is sometimes incomplete. Bleeding can occur and usually resolves in a few days (in very exceptional cases, it can lead to vision loss or even loss of the eye). Postoperative course: In the vast majority of cases (95%), cataract surgery is painless. The vision is improving very quickly and an appropriate correction with glasses can be prescribed after a few weeks. The presence of other lesions of the eye may limit visual recovery. Local care is reduced to the instillation of drops and wearing eye protection for a period that will be specified by your surgeon. It is sometimes necessary to ablate suturing thread.  Resuming your professional occupation, operating machinery or dangerous instruments and driving are not recommended for a limited period which will be defined by your ophthalmologist. In over 30% of cases in the years following the operation, a capsule opacification may occur: the secondary cataract responsible for a new low vision. The treatment consist in achieving the coverage of the capsule by laser surgery.

Ophthalmic

28/05/2015

CATARACT SURGERY You are suffering from cataract responsible for your visual disorders. Your ophthalmologist proposes surgery because it is the only way to improve your vision.  Cataract is the clouding of the crystalline lens, a high power lens located inside the eye. Cataract procedure: The patient lays on the back, in a sterile surgical environment under a microscope. Cataract’s operation represents a major surgical procedure, because it consists of incising the eye and extracting one of its elements inside: crystalline lens. About hospitalisation: A minimum of several hours hospitalisation is necessary. Your ophthalmologist will decide the mode of anaesthesia in accordance agreement with the anaesthetist. About anaesthesia: The eye can be desensitised by injections of neighbourhood or solely by the instillation of drops. General anaesthesia is also possible. The choice stems from the advice of your ophthalmologist and one of the anaesthetists. Your wish is taken into account whenever possible. The cataract extraction was performed with or without the aid of an ultrasound probe. The envelope of the lens (the capsule) is left took in place. It is exceptional to make the total extraction of the lens. Implantation of an artificial lens (intraocular implant) the lens is replaced with a synthetic lens placed behind the pupil. The incision is sutured to the eye or not. Incidents or difficulties before surgery are rare and unpredictable. They sometimes lead to place the implant to the ward or to waive any location. It may be necessary to remove a small fragment of the iris and / or ablate a portion of the vitreous. The course of the intervention may be complicated by a rupture of the capsule (less than 5% of cases). The cataract extraction is sometimes incomplete. Bleeding can occur and usually resolves in a few days (in very exceptional cases, it can lead to vision loss or even loss of the eye). Postoperative course: In the vast majority of cases (95%), cataract surgery is painless. The vision is improving very quickly and an appropriate correction with glasses can be prescribed after a few weeks. The presence of other lesions of the eye may limit visual recovery. Local care is reduced to the instillation of drops and wearing eye protection for a period that will be specified by your surgeon. It is sometimes necessary to ablate suturing thread.  Resuming your professional occupation, operating machinery or dangerous instruments and driving are not recommended for a limited period which will be defined by your ophthalmologist. In over 30% of cases in the years following the operation, a capsule opacification may occur: the secondary cataract responsible for a new low vision. The treatment consist in achieving the coverage of the capsule by laser surgery.

Five Benefits of Medical Tourism

09/02/2015

In 2014, more than one million Americans are estimated to have sought medical care abroad. The growing ‘medical tourism’ phenomenon affords many benefits to travellers who are in need of a surgical procedure. Here are five for you to consider: World-Class Healthcare Historically, many people associated overseas healthcare with sub-standard hospitals and medical professionals whose training was perhaps not up to western standards. That’s definitely not the case here in France. Our healthcare system is one of the best in the world and every facility is of the highest standard and every medical professional trained to the highest level. Efficient Services Here in France, waiting lists are short. It’s not a case of get referred by your doctor and then wait for an appointment to come through; far from it. We can facilitate medical procedures quickly, efficiently and with minimum stress. This means that you can use the remainder of your stay in France to take in the culture and experience the fantastic tourist attractions. Lower Costs You only need read our piece last year on the story of Bruce Ryan to see the incredible savings that can be realised by undergoing a procedure here in France. Medical insurance often covers the majority, if not all the costs – providing you have it. If you don’t, the lower costs here will definitely be of interest to you. No Bureaucracy The range of insurance options available today – particularly in the U.S. - means that individuals are sometimes enveloped in bureaucracy and terminology. That’s not the case in France and with our help your entire experience will be hassle-free and free from bureaucracy. It’s France! If the four benefits above aren’t quite enough, then what about the fact that you’ll get to see one of the most beautiful countries in the world. Our cuisine, fine wines and rich history are enough to make any international traveller want to stay a lot longer than their surgery allows, unfortunately.

Weight-Loss Surgery Could Save the NHS Money Says TV Doctor

02/02/2015

The National Health Service (NHS) in the UK is seemingly struggling to cope with the demand for its services. Since the beginning of the year, 14 hospitals in the UK have declared ‘major incidents’ because they are unable to cope with the “unprecedented pressure” being placed upon them this year. Surgical procedures and outpatient appointments have been cancelled amid the turmoil and some hospitals have even set up makeshift wards to accommodate patients. But now, one of the UK’s best-loved TV doctors has spoken out about the economic benefits to the NHS of weight loss surgery for obese individuals. Countless studies have shown that being overweight has a significantly detrimental effect on a person’s life, including increased risk of type 2 diabetes, cancer, heart problems and stroke. Furthermore, one in four adults and one in five children in the UK are considered obese – a fact that puts a huge burden on the already struggling NHS. Obesity-related problems are thought to cost the NHS around £6 billion a year and Dr Christian Jessen – who presents Channel 4’s Weighing Up The Enemy – believes it makes economic sense to offer gastric band and gastric bypass operations to obese individuals. He said: “It is very clear to me we need to invest more now in this type of procedure in order to save considerable amounts in the future”. It is thought that within two to three years, bariatric surgery pays for itself and so the argument for it to be undertaken on the NHS or privately carries a lot of weight.

Minimally Invasive Hip Surgery

23/01/2015

MINIMALLY INVASIVE HIP SURGERY Most of the orthopaedic surgeons you will be directed to, are specialised with minimally invasive hip surgery and have a great experience of these techniques. They routinely use minimally invasive surgery for primary osteoarthritis, osteonecrosis, etc. ... since 2005. Minimally invasive surgery is not just technical reducing the size of the incision, but a real non-invasive techniques without any muscular section. Compared to standard operations, minimally invasive hip surgery reduce complication's rate including a reduction (fewer of than 0.5% of dislocations) and patients benefit from a much faster recovery. This surgery is available in France at any age and with any degree of obesity. It is also suitable for sufferers of osteoporosis. Therefore a return to normal life can be expected within 3 to 4 weeks. Advantages of Minimally Invasive Hip replacement Surgery: Small Incision (3 to 4 inches) Reduced Pain Less muscles trauma Minimal scarring with a better looking scar Reduced risk of dislocation Faster recovery and more rapid return to normal life The hip replacement operation is one of the most reliable and well-tested operations in orthopaedic surgery and a consistent outcome is that it reduces or eliminates the pain of the arthritis in patients. Technique The artificial implants used for the minimally invasive hip replacement procedures are the same as those used for traditional hip replacement. Specially designed instruments are needed to prepare the socket and femur and to place the implants properly. The surgical procedure is similar, but there is less soft-tissue dissection. A single minimally invasive hip incision may measure only 3 to 6 inches. It depends on the size of the patient and the difficulty of the procedure. The incision is usually placed over the outside of the hip. The muscles and tendons are split or detached, but to a lesser extent than in the traditional hip replacement operation. They are routinely repaired after the surgeon places the implants. This encourages healing and helps prevent dislocation of the hip. To perform the two-incision procedure, the surgeon may need guidance from X-rays. It may take longer to perform this surgery than it does to perform traditional hip replacement surgery.

Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery

20/01/2015

CORONARY ARTERY BYPASS SURGERY Our hearts are amazing organs. They beat literally thousands of times a day, every day, for our entire lives. That’s why it’s important that we take good care of our hearts and give them the best possible chance of staying healthy. However, our hearts sometimes run into trouble and the only course of action is to let a surgeon put them right. This is especially true in the case of a blocked artery and a coronary artery bypass is needed. And if you’re reading this it’s because you are looking for more information about coronary artery bypass surgery in France. If so, we’re here to help! With our extensive network of around 120 hospitals and more than 1,500 highly experienced medical specialists across France, we are in the best position to facilitate your coronary artery bypass procedure. But what is a coronary artery bypass? It’s a surgical procedure that looks to create a bypass around a specific part of blocked artery in your heart. There are a number of reasons why a blockage in the artery may occur but the most prominent is due to the build-up of fatty deposits. These usually occur as a result of a high fat, high cholesterol diet. How is it performed? Your surgeon will look to alleviate a narrowed or blocked artery by using a healthy blood vessel taken from your leg, arm, chest or abdomen. This is then connected to the other arteries in your heart creating a bypass around the blocked section. Blood flow to the heart is inevitably improved and your chances of cardiac arrest are significantly reduced. How long does the procedure take? Coronary artery bypass surgery usually takes between three and six hours. It requires a general anaesthetic and surgeons often repair, on average, two or four arteries. Traditional coronary bypass surgery is performed through a long incision down the front of the patient’s chest. However, minimally invasive surgery – performed through a smaller incision with the help of video imaging - is now a common option and one which can afford speedier recovery times and reduce the cosmetic impact of surgery. What happens after the surgery? Due to the severity of the surgery, it is inevitable to spend one or two days in intensive care while your medical team monitors your vital signs. However, providing there are no complications, coronary artery bypass patients are usually discharged from hospital within a week. Finally, why France? Because the French healthcare system is one of the absolute best in the world. Furthermore, with France Surgery’s assistance, any potential international barriers are removed and you’re taken care of in the best possible way. So if you’re looking for an affordable coronary artery bypass procedure; without the long waits often experienced in other countries; and which is performed by a highly experienced surgeon, contact us today for a personalised quotation.

Annual Fête des Lumières Lights up Lyon

15/12/2014

Every year, in France’s third-largest city Lyon, a magical illuminated celebration occurs. The Fête des Lumières (Festival of Lights in English) takes place each December and this year’s festival finished just over a week ago. It was an awe-inspiring event that captivated Lyon residents and visitors alike. But don’t expect it to attend and see just a few light bulbs; far from it. In fact, this year’s Fête des Lumières boasted more than 70 different light installations which adorned many of Lyon’s façades. The festival itself has its roots as far back as 1852 and actually started by pure coincidence. The story goes that a fierce storm raged through the city of Lyon, prompting its residents to place candles in their windows, lighting up the city in the process. It’s now a four-day celebration from December 5-8 which sees the city’s town squares, public buildings and parks all play their part in the celebrations. This year, in the city’s Old Town, the cathedral even got a psychedelic makeover! You can find out more information and see pictures from this year’s event on the official Fête des Lumières website. It could just one of many fantastic celebrations that you get to experience if you choose to undergo a surgical procedure in France with us next year.

2014 Was the Year in Which 3D Printing Revolutionised Surgical Procedures

15/12/2014

Chances are you’ve heard of 3D printing before, but you did you know that it’s been revolutionising the way surgical procedures are carried out all over the world? In fact, 2014 has been a year in which 3D printing has really started to make its mark in the medical world. 3D printing itself is an additive technology which recreates objects using many thin layers and its application in medical procedures is exciting and wide-ranging. For example, surgeons were able to save the life of a 2-week-old baby back in July using a 3D-printed heart. Furthermore, a 3D-printed spinal implant was used in China to help a 12-year-old bone cancer patient walk again. Prior to the ground-breaking surgery he had spent two months lying flat in a hospital bed following a sporting accident that had injured his neck. And earlier this year a team of French surgeons were able to successfully implant a 3D-printed spine cage into a woman’s back with fantastic results. This technique is being championed as an innovative treatment for people with spinal instability and disc degeneration. It helps promote the growth of a solid composite structure from separate bones. This GizMag article contains more information about how 3D printing has enabled many other life-saving surgeries this year. For more information on surgical procedures in France or to get a personalised quotation, contact France Surgery today.

France Surgery’s Perfect Recovery Guide

16/10/2014

We’ve just finished compiling our perfect recovery guide and we’re confident that the finished product is definitely something that you’ll want to read in its entirety. At 20-pages long our brand new recovery guide may seem like heavy reading but the 10 minutes or so it will take you to do so will be time well spent. After all, if you’re considering travelling to a foreign country for a major surgical procedure, then finding out as much information as you can before you travel is inevitably in your best interest. Our perfect recovery guide highlights the many benefits of undergoing surgery and subsequently recovering in France, such as the beautiful hotels, exquisite cuisine and flawless hospitability. Of course it goes without saying, that the standard of healthcare you’ll also benefit from is one of the highest in the world. But then you more than likely knew that already if you’re reading this. We obviously can’t cover everything that’s contained in our new recovery guide here but we can give you two good reasons to check it out for yourself. First, we offer fully-tailored packages that are designed to address a wide-range of recovery situations. For example, there’s sports recovery, orthopaedic, post-traumatic and a host of other options available. Second, everything we do is conducted in English for your ultimate convenience and understanding. From the moment you arrive in France our English-speaking guide will be on-hand to ensure that your stay is trouble-free and seamless. For more information you can check out our new recovery guide online and then contact us direct if you have any further queries.

What is the Haute Autorité de Santé?

29/09/2014

Established in August 2004 by the French government, the Haute Autorité de Santé is an independent public body that was set up to ensure high standards of patient care and guarantee equality in the French healthcare system. Even though it is regarded as the French National Authority for Health, it is not a government body and it has financial autonomy. However, the Haute Autorité de santé is ultimately accountable to the French government and has to provide them with reports on its various missions – which it is mandated by law to fulfil. The HAS has close ties with French government healthcare agencies, research organisations, patients’ representatives, national health insurance funds and unions of healthcare professionals. Perhaps surprisingly, the majority of the HAS’s 60 million Euro annual budget is made up from taxes on the promotional spending by drug companies. HAS is built on three founding principles: a very broad field of action, a high degree of scientific rigour and independence. HAS facts and figures: Over 400 permanent staff, including GPs, pharmacists, nurses, dentists, physiotherapists and health economists Collaborates with some 3,000 hospital and non-hospital professionals 35 regional facilitators who help implement the continuing professional development initiatives 775 surveyors who undertake accreditation visits to both private and public healthcare organisations Every hospital in France has their annual results and statistics published every year on the HAS website, where they are viewable by the public. The HAS ensures that the standard of French healthcare remains among the very best in the world and is just another reason why undergoing a surgical procedure in France is a fantastic option nowadays.

A Brief Guide to Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery

15/09/2014

When the most important organ in our bodies, the heart, becomes infected with disease or one of its arteries becomes blocked there is usually only one course of action: a coronary artery bypass. If you’re due to undergo heart bypass surgery or simply want to know more about what it entails, the following brief guide should answer many of your questions: What is coronary artery bypass surgery? It’s a surgical procedure which is undertaken to create a bypass around a blocked or diseased artery in your heart. How is it performed? The bypass itself is created using a piece of healthy blood vessel from another part of your body. The surgeon then attaches this to the healthy arteries in your heart ultimately bypassing the diseased or blocked section. Blood flow is significantly improved as a result. How long does it take? Between three and six hours is the usual amount of time taken for a coronary artery bypass to be undertaken. Is ‘open heart surgery’ the only way? Open heart surgery usually refers to the traditional method whereby a long incision is made down the front of the chest. However, it is becoming more common for the procedure to be undertaken on a minimally invasive basis through a much smaller incision. This reduces the cosmetic impact and inevitably speeds up the associated recovery time. What can be expected post-surgery? Because of the major nature of a coronary artery bypass, it is necessary for all patients to spend one or two days in intensive care. This will allow for vital signs to be monitored and reduces the risk of complications arising. Having just undergone such a major surgical procedure, you will need to take good care of yourself immediately afterwards. France Surgery’s experience and extensive partner network will ensure that you have everything you need for a successful and speedy recovery.

Sleeve Gastrectomy Explained

08/09/2014

Anyone who has tried losing weight will tell you that it’s not easy – and that’s a fact! However, for some people it’s not just a lack of willpower that prevents them from losing weight and oftentimes the only answer is a surgical procedure. But if you’ve been recommended to undergo sleeve gastrectomy what can you expect? Historically, sleeve gastrectomy was actually performed as a prerequisite to a duodenal switch procedure. This is because many patients were too obese to undergo the latter right away and needed to lose weight first. The weight-loss seen in some patients was so successful that the possibility of carrying out sleeve gastrectomy was investigated as a standalone procedure. Nowadays, sleeve gastrectomy is considered a routine weight-loss procedure This surgery can be performed as an open procedure (large incision) or using several small incisions and a camera (laparoscopic surgery). Whichever method is best for you will ultimately be determined by your surgeon. Regardless of the way it’s performed, sleeve gastrectomy sees a large proportion of your stomach being removed (usually more than 50%). Your ‘new’ stomach is inevitably banana-shaped and looks like a long, thin tube. The incision in your stomach itself is closed with staples and, due to its nature, the procedure is irreversible. Your recovery period will totally depend on your individual circumstances and whether you had more traditional open surgery or laparoscopic. Either way, France is a fantastic place to recover – although the plethora of culinary delights may prove problematic because you’ll inevitably be on liquid food immediately after your procedure. Contact France Surgery today to find out how you can benefit from our range of sleeve gastrectomy procedures.

Paediatric ENT

20/08/2014

PAEDIATRIC ENT Is your child in need of ENT surgery? If so, France Surgery could be the healthcare partner that you’ve been looking for. Read on to find out more about the range of ENT procedures available in France – all of which are of the highest-quality, affordably priced and have little to no waiting times. France Surgery can help facilitate the following paediatric procedures: Adenoidectomy An adenoidectomy is a surgical procedure that is performed to remove the adenoids, which are a mass of lymphoid tissue situated where the back of the nose meets the throat. The adenoids can become enlarged and infected which can lead to obstructed breathing and sleep apnea. Tonsillectomy Similar in nature to an adenoidectomy, a tonsillectomy is performed to remove a child’s tonsils. Like the adenoids, the tonsils are part of the lymphoid tissue located at the back of the throat. A child may experience bouts of tonsillitis, which leads to enlarged and painful tonsils that often need antibiotic treatment. However, your child’s doctor may recommend a tonsillectomy if these infections are frequent. Grommet Insertion Children suffering from glue ear may need grommets inserted to resolve the condition. A grommet is a small tube which is inserted into the child’s ear through a cut in the eardrum and is designed to drain away fluid and maintain air pressure. The procedure itself only takes around 15 minutes, so your child should be able to go home the very same day. Cysts and congenital fistulas of the face and neck Some children are born with cysts and/or fistulas on their faces and/or necks. Congenital fistulas are small holes that are usually located in front of the ear or on the neck. Cysts are swollen areas situated in the middle or side of the neck. Both cysts and fistulas can lead to problems with infection and surgery is often required to prevent further complications going forward. Choanal Atresia Choanal atresia is a condition whereby the back of the nasal passage is blocked by bone or soft tissue. It is present at birth and can either be unilateral (just one side) or bilateral (both sides). Surgery is inevitably needed to open the nasal passage, thus allowing the child to breathe easier. Cleft Palate Children born with cleft palates are particularly susceptible to middle ear infections and so corrective surgery is often necessary. This usually consists of inserting tubes into the child’s ear to drain excess fluid and reduce the risk of infection. Our surgical partners are part of the Cleft Palate Competence Centre of Toulouse. Ear Surgery We can facilitate a number of different ear surgeries for your child here in France, including: Surgery for chronic otitis Middle ear implants and bone-anchored hearing aids Surgery for congenitally prominent ears (otoplasty) Functional and reparative surgery of ear malformations Many of the procedures outlined above can be undergone on an outpatient basis, so contact us today for more detailed information on a particular surgery. When it comes to the health of your children, you can never be too careful. They may be suffering with conditions that need urgent attention and the long waiting times in some healthcare systems are not an option. Furthermore, you want to be sure that the medical professionals responsible for your children’s welfare are world-class and operating within a high-quality healthcare system. For these reasons, you should look no further than France and the excellent level of healthcare that it offers – even to international patients. Let France Surgery facilitate your child’s ENT surgery today.

Terms & Conditions

14/08/2014

PART I. PRELIMINARY STATEMENT France SURGERY's scope of activities: Linking people living abroad with clinics or hospitals and doctors or surgeons working in France, Linking them with travel agents, airlines, hotels, restaurants, performers, all providers of concierge services Assistance in organizing the trip: administration and logistics. Prior to the signing of these the Clients acknowledge they have been informed that: France SURGERY are neither a clinic nor a hospital and neither does the company intend to practise medicine or provide any medical or paramedical service. All services offered by clinics or hospitals are their own responsibility and that of practitioners attached to them. Health Facilities provide services in accordance with their own terms and conditions. Some of these conditions may limit or exclude all or part of the responsibility of Health Facilities to their clients. In particular, these conditions may exclude any liability for death, injury or medical error. It is the responsibility of the undersigned client to become aware of possible Terms and Conditions of health facilities before committing themselves. Any document produced or any agreement made with the Health Facilities cannot be the responsibility of France SURGERY . France SURGERY is not a travel agent under the provisions of Articles L.212-1 et seq of France’s tourism regulations (Code du Tourisme) and are not intended to be. All services offered and/or services provided by service partners, are the responsibility of the latter. The conditions set forth herein apply only to clients who are non-commercial individuals and to any territory with the exception of France (including Corsica and the DROM-COM, France’s overseas territories). The parties agree that their relations will be exclusively governed by this contract, excluding any condition previously available on the site, except the legal information which will always remain in force and form an indivisible whole with the present. The present Terms of Use were updated on October 31, 2010 TITLE II. - CONVENTIONS ARTICLE 1. - DEFINITIONS 1.1. "Client" means anyone who notes, books, orders and buys a service offered on the site. 1.2."Service" means any service offered on the site. 1.3. "Site" refers to the infrastructure developed by France SURGERY according to computer formats used on the Internet, including data of various types, such as text, sound, still or moving pictures, videos, databases, intended to be visited or seen  by  the clients to become fully aware of the services offered. 1.4. "Internet" means various networks of servers located in various locations around the world, linked together through communication networks, and communicating using a specific protocol known as TCP/IP. ARTICLE 2. - ORDERS Orders regarding all of the services offered on the site must be placed on-line from the website of the France SURGERY platform An order will be recorded on the site only after clear identification of the client’s login and password. Orders imply that the terms and conditions have been accepted. Any dispute in this respect will come under the framework of a possible exchange and of the guaranties mentioned below. France SURGERY commit themselves to honour the orders received on the site only within the limit of availability of the services and that of their partners. ARTICLE 3. - VALIDITY OF THE ORDER Any Client of the Site who does not hold a client number will have to go through the regular registration procedure in order to obtain one. This number is totally personal. In the event of a loss or if the number is missing, France SURGERY should be informed at short notice. The client should then contact France SURGERY’s customers services and complete the appropriate form provided on the website or call the following number: + 33 953 02 03 09 (€0.49 per minute) In all cases, the online provision of a credit card number followed by the final confirmation of the order will be worth as evidence for the entire order as provided by the Loi du 13 Mars 2000 adapting the law of evidence to Information Technology and dealing with the electronic signature and will cause the sums incurred for the order to become due and payable, in the conditions laid down below under Article 5. This validation is legally valid and considered like a genuine signature and express acceptance of all operations carried out on the site. However, in case of fraudulent use of their credit card, the clients are required, upon the finding of such use, to immediately contact France SURGERY customer services by calling the following phone number: + 33 953 02 03 09 The records stored in France SURGERY computer systems under conditions of reasonable safety, will be considered as evidence of communications, orders and payments between the parties. It is expressly agreed that, except in cases of obvious error made by France SURGERY, the data stored in the information systems of the Company have probative value as to orders placed by the client. Digital or computerized data are valid evidence and, as such, are admissible under the same conditions and with the same evidential value as any document created, received or retained in writing. The filing of orders and invoices is carried out in a reliable and sustainable format in order to correspond to a faithful and sustainable copy in accordance with section 1348 of the Civil Code. ARTICLE 4. - QUOTATIONS - SERVICES 4.1. Customized Quotes Within seven days after registration by the new client, and provided that the file, including the forms to be completed have been regularly and fully filled in, France SURGERY through secure channel will forward a customized quote, which will be accompanied by a comment either during a phone interview or by phone or videoconference. Acceptance of the quotation will remain at the discretion of the clients and their responsibility. In the event that, it would not be possible to establish a custom quote, because of information supplied (including medical ones), the client will be notified within the same period of time. France SURGERY’s mission cannot get started before the quotation has been accepted, dated and signed by the client. 4.2. France SURGERY offers clients the following services: 1 "Medical Care Package" Connecting with the clinic Meeting the client on arrival at the airport or railway station and assistance throughout the stay in hospital Accompanying the client back to airport/ station. 2 "Medical Tourism Package" Connecting with the clinic Meeting the client on arrival at the airport or railway station and assistance throughout the stay in hospital Accompanying the client back to airport/ station. 3 Organization of sightseeing: Hotel, Restaurant and sightseeing Tour Reservations 4 Concierge services on request: "Well being A LA CARTE, make it easy" Babysitters French lessons Cooking Classes Sports club sessions Laundry Footwear repairs Hairdressing Beauty treatments Massages Provision of various everyday life accessories or items (ties, stamps hose/stockings, public transport ticket ...) Restaurant reservations 5 Administrative support services: "France SURGERY Travel Procedures Support" ARTICLE 5. – RATES - PAYMENT - CANCELLATION 5.1. RATES All prices quoted on www.france-surgery.com or in any brochures or Information can be altered at any time without previous warning, particularly when health facilities and/or Service Providers change their price-lists. Prices become final at the signature, by the client, of an agreed estimate defined in consideration of its own specific features.  The prices are quoted in euros and include all taxes. They take into account the amount of VAT applicable on the date of the order, but exclude the taxes and fees not expressly referred to. The rate in force on that day will be applied. Any change of VAT rate will be reflected in the price of services. Prices will not be modified once the client’s order has been placed, except in the event the latter would claim services not included in the original estimate. Similarly, if one or more taxes or contributions were to be created or modified, this change might be reflected in the selling price of the services on France SURGERY ‘s website and sales documents. The prices for services ordered on the site along with the date of the order in question are authentic. Prices are guaranteed at the date when the order is placed. 5.2. Terms of Payment Payments can be made: On line when opening an account (registration), by credit card (Carte Bleue, e-cartebleue, Visa, Eurocard, Mastercard, American Express); by bank transfer to pay the full balance of the service. Payments will be made as follows: 40% of the sums due shall be paid to France SURGERY and the clinic at the conclusion of the contract between the parties at the date of "estimate and confirmation’s order's" validation by the client through mail or email confirmation. The remaining 60% of the amount due to France SURGERY and the clinic shall be paid not later than two weeks before the date set for starting the management of the client on the French territory "the date set for starting the management of the client on the French territory," is agreed to be understood as  the date on which the client will benefit from France SURGERY's services in the said territory. 5.3. Cancellation Any cancellation by the Client of this contract will lead to the following payments: In the event of cancellation by the client more than 15 days before the date set for the management of the client on French territory, the amount paid when the contract was signed (40% of the total) will remain vested in France SURGERY and clinic. In case of cancellation by the client less than 15 days before the date set for the management of the client on the French territory, the latter shall pay all the amounts due to France SURGERY and clinic under this contract. The clients acknowledge they have been informed that in case of cancellation of their order by France SURGERY particularly because of the inaccuracy or omission of essential information they would not have provided on their health status or condition (particularly when filling the pre-diagnosis form), the current article shall apply. ARTICLE 6. - CONFIDENTIALITY France SURGERY does everything in its power to ensure the confidentiality and security of data transmitted over the web. To this end, the website uses a secure payment module of SSL type (Secure Socket Layer). ARTICLE 7. - PERSONAL DATA France SURGERY agrees to comply with all operative legal provisions relating to medical confidentiality. France SURGERY staff does not have access to the contents of pre-diagnosis questionnaires, nor to those of email correspondence with the clinic or the practitioner or any other document including medical information. The confidentiality of exchanges between the patient, physicians and surgeons is guaranteed through a system of encryption when capturing and storing data. Only solicited doctors or surgeons have access to the medical information on the patient. France SURGERY reserves the right to collect data on the client being understood however that they will remain strictly confidential and will not be disclosed to third parties. The client is informed that such an Automatic Processing of Personal Data has been declared to the CNIL (the French Data Protection Authority) under the number of HpK0103486y on the 11th November, 2010. Pursuant to the Act of 6 January 1978, the client has a right of access, opposition, rectification of data concerning him, either directly online or by postal mail to France SURGERY, at the following address: 22 rue Saint-Joseph - 31400 TOULOUSE, FRANCE. ARTICLE 8. - LIABILITY Throughout all the stages of the ordering process and during the steps following the conclusion of the contract, France SURGERY has an obligation of means. France SURGERY commits itself to describe the services sold on its site with the greatest accuracy. The information which will be communicated to its client by France SURGERY via www.france-surgery.com, its Internet platform, come from third parties such as health establishments or Service Providers. France SURGERY cannot be held liable for any information item supplied to them by third parties. All information obtained on www.france-surgery.com, or through France SURGERY cannot in any way engage the responsibility of France SURGERY. France SURGERY, via www.france-surgery.com performs the upstream role of a negotiator and compares rates for its international clients. Under no circumstances France SURGERY, via its Internet platform intervenes in the payment of medical benefits; neither can France SURGERY be asked for any refund of sums paid to one or more health facilities or to a practitioner. Similarly, if for some reason, a health care facility or a practitioner fails to fulfill their obligations or fulfil them poorly, it would be the health care facility or practitioner that could be blamed and their the sole responsibility of, excluding all claim or legal action against France SURGERY of any kind. It is the sole responsibility of the client to obtain any permission, passport, visa or other administrative formalities as may be requested by Service Providers or national authorities to be able to complete the trip chosen by the client. France SURGERY accepts no responsibility and provides no guarantee for: Tourist services, Diagnoses, Choice of medical treatment and/or surgical procedures and their appropriateness or not, Implementation of medical treatments and/or surgery, Compliance with medical treatment and/or surgery with the commitments made by health care facilities, Security and prevention, Any other kind of service provided by the Health Facilities, practitioner or any other person associated with them or workers related to health facilities from whom the client would have required services. In no event shall France SURGERY intervene in the choice of the practitioner or health facility, such a choice being under the sole responsibility of the patient, france surgery cannot be liable for such a choice. france surgery is not responsible for any acts, errors, omissions, promise, warranty, negligence, or breach of contractual obligations from health facilities, practitioners or any other person associated with health facilities or service providers, neither is it responsible for any physical injury, death, material damage or any other resulting damage or expenses. The client acknowledges that all medical, surgical or other benefits can provide a risk. Therefore, the client declares that: It has obtained information or has been advised by France SURGERY about the need to seek the advice of an independent and qualified practitioner. France SURGERY has not not given any advice or opinions that a reasonable person can consider as an opinion or advice of a medical nature (including, but not limited to, any risks or side effects related to surgery). Even if France SURGERY may have provided information on Health Establishments, it cannot be held responsible for the service delivery by health facilities or practitioners. The client agrees not to hold France SURGERY, its subsidiaries, officers, members, employees, agents, or representatives, liable for any direct or indirect damage (including, but not limited to, profit losses and/or damage resulting from inconvenience, delay, loss of utility, or physical or mental harm) related to or resulting from the use of information from the www.france-surgery.com website or agreements made or information obtained on www.france-surgery.com, or even not to bring proceedings in liability as he/she acknowledges using these services at his/her own risk. In all cases, France SURGERY shall not be made liable if the breach of its obligations will be attributable to an unforeseeable and insurmountable fact of a third party to the contract or to a force majeure event, as defined by the French case law; neither shall it be for any delay or failure due to a fortuitous event, because of the other party or a third party or external causes such as social conflict , intervention by civil or military authorities, natural disasters, fires, water damage, interruption of telecommunications network or power grid. Similarly, the responsibility of France SURGERY will not be engaged for any inconvenience or damage arising from the use of the Internet, including a break in service, external intrusion or presence of computer viruses. ARTICLE 9. - INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY All elements of France SURGERY's website, either visual or audio, including the underlying technology, are protected by copyright, trademarks or patents. They are the exclusive property of France SURGERY. A client possessing a personal Internet site and who, for personal use, wishes to place a direct link to France SURGERY on its website, must first submit prior written authorization to the Company. In all cases, any unauthorized link must be removed on simple request by France SURGERY. ARTICLE 10. – DURATION OF THE CONTRACT The present conditions apply throughout the duration of the contractual relationship between the parties. ARTICLE 11. - GENERAL PROVISIONS 11.1. Entire Contract The parties acknowledge that the present Contract constitutes the entire agreement between them and replaces any offer, arrangement or previous agreement, written or verbal, with the exception of legal notices showing on the site and which are an indivisible whole with the present contract. 11.2. Contract Changes No subsequent document, no modification of the contract regardless of the form will not produce any effect between the parties without taking the form of an addendum signed and dated by them. 11.3. Nullity If any provision of this contract turned out to be invalid under the rule of existing law or a judicial decision having become final, it would be deemed null and void, without invalidating the contract or altering the validity of its other provisions. 11.4. Waiver The fact that either party does not claim the application of any clause in the contract or acquiesces in its breach, either permanently or temporarily, shall not be construed as a waiver by that party to the rights arising for it from that clause. 11.5. Domicile The parties elect domicile at the addresses indicated on the order form for the client and on the address appearing on the site for France SURGERY. 11.6. Applicable law and disputes The present conditions are subject to French law. The competent jurisdiction in the event of a dispute regarding the interpretation or enforcement of this contract will be the court of the location of France SURGERY’s headquarters.

Centres of Excellence : Our Pont de Chaume Clinic

13/08/2014

Located in the beautiful Midi-Pyrénées region of Southern France, our Pont de Chaume clinic in Montauban has been fully accredited by the French Health Authority (HAS) since 2005. So it almost goes without saying that you will receive the highest level of care and service when staying for your treatment or procedure. We’re a privately run health facility that has enjoyed continuous growth over the last 10 years. Due to this success the clinic has expanded over the years to accommodate and better service the many patients who arrive each year. Amongst these expansions has been the installation of new a state-of-the-art operating theatre, digitalised equipment and CAO technology. Whilst we provide a full range of medical and surgical procedures, our specialist areas are vascular, urologic surgery, oncology and radiology (MRI, TDM). Our orthopaedic team consists of five top surgeons each with their own specialism, so you can be assured of being treated by a surgeon matching your individual needs. And of course, we also have an emergency services department operating 24/7 as well as an intensive care unit. Whatever your needs, let our team of internationally renowned healthcare professionals be on hand to make your stay with us, the best it can possibly be. Get in touch with us today for further information or to discuss your requirements in more detail. Photo credits: Clinique du Pont de Chaume

The Revolutionary Prostate Surgery

13/08/2014

Green Laser Therapy is a minimally invasive procedure that treats benign prostate enlargement which can occur in men as they age.  This course of treatment is often the preferred route for many Urologists. It’s proven to have fewer side effects than the traditional surgical procedure - Transurethral Resection of the Prostate (TURP) which would also result in patients needing to spend two or three days in hospital. Whereas this revolutionary procedure can be done on an outpatient basis when possible. Green Laser Therapy is performed under anaesthetic using keyhole surgery. A small fibre is inserted into the urethra through a cystoscope carrying laser energy to remove the enlarged prostate tissue. The result is the flow of urine being rapidly restored and any urinary symptoms quickly relieved. More advantages of Green Laser treatment include: Faster relief of symptoms Much lower risk of sexual side effects Quick improvement to urinary flow   Minimal risk of blood transfusion  Minimal hospital stay required Compatible for patients on anti-coagulants  If you’re suffering from prostate problems and want to receive the highest standard of care, contact us today. Photo credit: Medgadget

What every patient needs to know about a Thyroidectomy

13/08/2014

A thyroidectomy is a surgical procedure used to remove all or just a part of the thyroid gland which is located at the base of your neck.  Why is a thyroidectomy used? A doctor may decide that your thyroid should be removed for the following reasons: Hyperthyroidism – a condition where the thyroid gland is overactive. If this cannot be controlled effectively with medication a thyroidectomy will be a possible solution Goitre – an enlarged thyroid gland A cyst or benign lump on the thyroid gland Cancer of the thyroid gland What happens during the procedure? Prior to a thyroidectomy, you will be given anaesthetic. This will usually be a general anaesthetic in order to put you to sleep. The surgeon will then make a cut into your lower neck and remove all or part of the thyroid gland. Your neck will then be closed using stitches which will need to be removed, or dissolvable stitches which will gradually disappear. How much scarring will there be? The cut will usually be made where you naturally have folds in your neck in order to ensure the scar is hidden as much as possible. What is the recovery time? Full recovery time can be a few weeks, however once you are home it is possible to carry on with non-strenuous daily activities. Photo Credit: © p6m5 - Fotolia.com

How long does it take to recover from surgery?

13/08/2014

Surgical procedures are used for a variety of different medical conditions and will vary in the effect that they have on the patient’s body. It is therefore impossible to accurately state a length of time it will take to recover from surgery. If you are considering surgery then your doctor or surgeon should explain what will happen during the operation and also what the recovery should be like. You should be told what the average recovery time will be and what you will need to do in order to ensure your recovery is successful. Although there cannot be an answer to how long recovery from surgery takes there are some general points that can be applied to all types of surgery: A simple operation (such as removal of a gallbladder) will usually take a week to recover from, on average with no complications Complicated operations can take many months to recover from It will take longer to recover from a general anaesthetic than a local anaesthetic Laparoscopic procedures take less time to recover from as the wounds very small It is important to move around as soon as possible after surgery Whilst you should get back into your normal routine as soon as possible, any strenuous activities before you are ready may mean your recovery will take longer Photo Credit: © Leo Blanchette - Fotolia.com

Introduction to Robotic-assisted Laparoscopic Prostatectomy

13/08/2014

A radical prostatectomy is a surgical procedure which is used for the treatment of prostate cancer by removing the prostate gland and some of the surrounding tissue. There are four methods which can be used to perform a radical prostatectomy. One of the most advanced methods is the robotic-assisted laparoscopic prostatectomy. To carry out this surgery the patient will be given either a general anaesthetic or a spinal/epidural anaesthetic in order to numb the lower half of the body.  The procedure to remove the prostate gland is then carried out.  The surgeon is in the operating room but does not personally operate on the patient. The surgeon instead sits at a computer and moves a robotic system. It is the robotic system which carries out the procedure guided and controlled by the surgeon.  The benefits of this surgery include the fact that it is carried out laparoscopically and so the scarring will be minimal and the healing time will be short. Also the robotic system allows for an extremely high degree of accuracy which cannot be achieved by the human hand.  Whilst not every hospital will have access to robotic systems, in France the healthcare system is progressive and advanced, meaning that many hospitals will offer this robotic-assisted laparoscopic prostatectomy. Photo Credit: France Surgery

TURP – Trans Urethral Resection of the Prostate Surgery

13/08/2014

Trans urethral resection of the prostate (TURP) is a surgical procedure that is used to treat benign prostate hyperplasia, an enlarged prostrate.  When men are young and healthy their prostate will usually be the size of a walnut. However, this can increase to the size of on orange. If this happens then TURP can be used to remove a section of the prostate, the inner part which has caused the enlargement to occur. TURP is a usually carried out whilst you are awake but with a spinal anaesthetic such as an epidural, ensuring that you do not feel anything. This is a common procedure in France and consists of passing a thin metal telescope into the end of the urethra and against the prostate. An electric current is then used to heat the metal which is then used to cut away sections of the prostate. An alternative to using heated metal is the use of a laser. In France there are very few risks associated with this procedure. If you need this surgery and wish to have it carried out in a clean, safe environment with highly qualified doctors then France should be your first choice. With a recovery time of 2-3 days in hospital and a week before you can resume normal activities, what better place to relax and put your feet up than in the French climate. Photo Credit: © Alila Medical Images - Fotolia.com

3 important facts about Stress Urinary Incontinence surgery

13/08/2014

1. Surgical procedures will only be contemplated if non-surgical treatments have been tried and have failed Any form of surgery is likely to be the last resort due to the risks involved in operating on someone. Treatment for stress urinary incontinence is no different. There are numerous forms of treatment which include exercises and medications that will usually be tried before a doctor or medical team will consider surgery. Only once these other treatment options have been tried and failed will surgery become a valid option. 2. Women who wish to have children should consider waiting to have a surgical procedure For women who wish to physically carry and give birth to a child or children they must seriously consider when to have surgery in order to reduce or stop stress urinary incontinence. Pregnancy and childbirth have been known to put so much pressure on the body that the surgery carried out may stop being effective. If a woman may want children she should therefore consider waiting for surgery. 3. The most common procedure carried out is ‘the sling’ This procedure works by providing support to the urethra and bladder which in turn makes it easier to shut off the flow of urine. When coughing, sneezing or doing anything else that can cause urine to leak this ‘sling’ will help shut off the flow so no leak is experienced. Photo Credit: © kokototo - Fotolia.com

Centres of Excellence: Our Nice Clinic

13/08/2014

Our renowned clinic situated in the beautiful city of Nice on the Cote d’Azur is one of the highest ranking clinics in France. We understand your need to be assured of a high level of care when undergoing any treatment, as well as wanting to be as comfortable as possible during your time with us. Our expert healthcare professionals take these requirements seriously and are the number one priorities for our patients. Through continuous reinvestment, our hospital benefits from the latest equipment and staff to retain the elite service each patient receives. As you would expect our rooms are clean and comfortable and many of them offer beautiful views – the ideal way to help you recover from any surgery or treatment. Whilst we provide a full range of medical and surgical procedures, our specialist areas are urology, orthopaedic surgery, hand surgery, medical and surgical ophthalmology, ENT and plastic surgery. We also have an emergency services department which operates 24 / 7. So whatever you need, you can be guaranteed of a first rate, comprehensive treatment from our internationally renowned healthcare professionals. If you’re looking for the very best in medical care in a stunning location benefitting from over 300 days of sunshine each year, our clinic in Nice is the perfect place for your procedure. Photo credits: Copyright France Surgery

Why Choose To Have Your Surgery with France Surgery?

13/08/2014

If you need to have a surgical procedure then you have a lot of options open to you and you will want to make sure that you decide on the best option for you. One of these options is medical tourism where you can combine a holiday with your surgery and travel to a different country to have the procedure and recover. France is booming in the medical tourism field due to its world class healthcare and fantastic environment for people to recover. France Surgery offers such a wide range of procedures that it is unlikely that you would not be able to have your surgery with them. With clinics in over 33 locations around France there is also a great amount of choice about where you want your recovery to take place. If you choose France Surgery then you will not only beat the waiting lists and have access to highly qualified and experienced surgeons, you will also have many more choices about how your surgery is performed that are often not offered under a native health system. It would be easy to think that these benefits come at a high price, however France Surgery offers very reasonable all inclusive packages so you do not need to worry about a thing. Photo Credit: France Surgery

Healthcare in France for English Speaking Residents

09/07/2014

Are you an expat living in France? Have you ever wondered about the French Healthcare System and the possibility of using it for an upcoming surgical procedure? If so, then France Surgery could be your perfect gateway to the French Healthcare System! But why use France Surgery? Well, for a start, what could be better than dealing with a company who handles everything in English? That’s right! Here at France Surgery we are committed to assisting our expatriate friends and that’s why we endeavour to handle every query in English. After all, what good is it providing a first-class healthcare service to expats if they can only understand every other word?! Now that we’ve levelled the playing field when it comes to language barriers, what about the French Healthcare System? Fortunately, France Surgery are committed to being a meticulous guide through the French Healthcare System and that’s why we encourage expats to take advantage of the fantastic benefits that it has to offer. What could be better than discovering everything that the French Healthcare System has to offer than with a company who understands it inside out?! Many individuals have heard that healthcare in France is often unparalleled, yet they don’t know how to even begin discovering the benefits. That’s why France Surgery guides all our patients through the maze that can be the French Healthcare System and ensure we are on-hand to handle any queries; should they arise. Furthermore, with a plethora of outstanding medical facilities across the country, how do people know which ones are the best? This is a quandary that France Surgery can eliminate, as we have established relationships with approximately 120 hospitals and more than 1,500 highly experienced medical specialists all across the country. With France Surgery, you need never worry about trying to find a reputable medical professional who specialises specifically in your particular surgical need. Finally, for your complete peace of mind and satisfaction, France Surgery is a member of the Franco British chamber of Commerce and their services are promoted in a bi-monthly newsletter. Likewise, France Surgery’s close association with the United States can be seen in its partnership with the US embassy, which should reassure US expats that they can expect only first-class service from France Surgery. This means that you can rest assured that France Surgery is an established organisation dedicated to facilitating medical procedures in France. In fact, the Franco British chamber of Commerce was setup to promote business trade between the UK and France. Therefore, France Surgery’s membership further cements its position as a provider of high-quality healthcare services for British expats seeking a world-class service.

Why Europe is the new Destination for American Healthcare?

07/07/2014

  Medical tourism is on the rise globally and it seems that people residing in the US are amongst the most willing in the world to venture abroad for healthcare purposes. But is it any wonder that Americans are seeking alternative medical solutions in foreign countries? After all, some 38 million people living in the US are doing so without medical insurance. Furthermore, a staggering 120 million Americans have no kind of dental insurance - this leaves them with few options in the US where healthcare services come at a premium It should come as no surprise then that Deloitte reported that approximately 1.6 million US residents travelled abroad for medical care in 2012. However, it is only recently that Americans are increasingly looking to Central Europe for their healthcare needs. Traditionally, US residents looking for affordable, high-quality medical care would travel to countries like Mexico, Costa Rica and Brazil. This is because of their close proximity to the US. However, with growing demand follows increased prices and these destinations no longer offer the bang for the buck that they used to. Alternatives such as Thailand and India are also becoming more popular destinations with American medical tourists, but Far Eastern countries pose cultural differences and lengthy travel times. Central Europe, however, now seems to be the destination of choice for an increasing number of US citizens looking for affordable medical care abroad – and for good reason! First, central European destinations such as France are closer to the US than Asian countries and so involve less travel time – something that people needing medical treatment often need due to discomfort levels. Second, European culture is very similar to that of the US and so Americans often feel more at home in European cities. Countries where English is a definite second language appeal far more to Americans Third, European healthcare is on a par with the US, yet doesn’t have the long wait times. This last factor is particularly important for a lot of patients as long waiting times can see a medical condition worsen. Also, some patients are already at the point where they’re in pain and in need of medical relief right away. Lastly, travelling to Europe is appealing for US citizens because it gives them the chance to walk in their forefather’s footsteps and visit historic sites like Normandy. This recent article on the Medical Tourism Magazine website is testimony enough to the benefits afforded by Americans who choose to have surgical procedures undertaken in Europe. Bruce Ryan travelled from California to France for rotator cuff surgery on his shoulder. His entire 21-day trip with his wife included his post-op recovery and aftercare. Furthermore, the couple realised many sight-seeing opportunities whilst in France. But, probably most amazing of all, is that the entire experience cost just $16,000. That represents a 50% saving on the same surgical procedure in the United States. It’s safe to say that Europe is fast-becoming the new destination for American Healthcare and with good reason.

Cataract Surgery with Intraocular Implants

07/07/2014

As we get older it’s inevitable that are bodies wear and one area that often shows noticeable signs of ageing is our eyes and, in particular, cataracts. Most commonly associated with people who are over 50-years-old, cataracts can occur in one eye or both and are characterised by a distinct clouding of the eye’s lens. This opaqueness causes a decrease in vision that cannot be simply corrected with eyeglasses. Therefore, people with cataracts usually resort to surgery in an attempt to get their sight restored and, fortunately, cataract surgery is one of the safest and most effective surgical procedures out there today. Furthermore, it can usually be performed on an outpatient basis, thus eliminating the need for a hospital stay and affording a speedy recovery. The procedure itself involves the removal of the affected eye lens with a high-frequency ultrasound probe. This breaks up the cloudy lens into tiny pieces which are then removed from the eye with suction. The lens is then replaced with an intraocular implant to restore clear vision. Although this might sound painful, the procedure is always performed with a local anaesthetic and even sometimes a general anaesthetic. However, as remarkable as it may seem, the incision made in the eye may not even require a stitch and the only sign of surgery will be a protective shield placed over the eye immediately after. The outpatient nature of intraocular cataract surgery means that you can make the very most of your recovery period and enjoy all the benefits that a beautiful country such as France has to offer.

Computer Assisted Knee Replacement Surgery

03/07/2014

It’s amazing how modern technology is assisting and ultimately improving surgical procedures today. It wasn’t that long ago that surgery relied solely on the skills of the surgeon and their team. Today, however, computers are now playing ever more important roles in ensuring that surgery is trouble-free and highly accurate. Knee replacement surgery is just one procedure that is benefitting greatly from the introduction of computer assistance. With the aid of computer technology, surgeons can now carry out knee replacements with unprecedented levels of accuracy and precision. This totally eliminates what may have previously been described as ‘guess work’ by the surgeon and affords a number of benefits for the patient. Studies have shown that knee replacements that are carried out well – perfectly balanced and accurately aligned – last longer. Furthermore, they are said to feel better. Computer assisted knee replacements are very successful because the surgeon can precisely align the patient’s bone and the implant, with a degree of accuracy far greater than the human eye can afford. The end result is a more natural functioning knee replacement which allows for a better range of motion. Additionally, the surgery is performed with fewer, if not zero, errors and the patient’s recovery time is inevitably shortened. If you are considering knee replacement surgery then why not find out if a computer assisted procedure could be right for you. Photo credit: © vschlichting - Fotolia.com

What to expect from minimally invasive hip surgery

03/07/2014

Hip surgery is a very common surgical procedure that more and more people are having performed. Furthermore, with ageing populations around the world, it will inevitably be a more frequent occurrence. Traditional hip replacement surgery involves the surgeon removing the head of the thighbone and replacing the ball and socket joint with an artificial implant. Individuals usually undergo this procedure in an attempt to relieve pain, improve mobility or both. Minimally invasive hip surgery involves the surgeon performing the procedure through several small incisions. This approach ultimately reduces the cosmetic impact of surgery, affords a faster recovery time and usually involves less pain. For these reasons, minimally invasive hip surgery is becoming more and more popular. However, due to its more complex nature, the procedure often takes longer than traditional hip surgery and the surgeon tends to need guidance from X-rays to ensure accuracy. The two incisions that are required to perform the procedure are made over the groin for the insertion of the socket and over the buttock for placement of the stem. However, patients who undergo minimally invasive hip surgery have been known to go home on the day of surgery and benefit from less muscle damage. Why not benefit from the reduced recovery times that minimally invasive hip surgery affords and enjoy a faster rehabilitation period in a beautiful country such as France. Photo credit: © Darren Baker - Fotolia.com

Keyhole Surgery Explained

03/07/2014

When it comes to surgical procedures, advances in technology and greater skillsets of surgeons has meant that keyhole techniques are used more and more. What is keyhole surgery? In the past, large cuts to a patient’s abdomen would be necessary for surgical procedures to be carried out. This is simply no longer the case, with minimally invasive ‘keyhole’ surgery offering numerous benefits. Now, a range of surgical procedures can be performed through very small stab incisions using special plastic tubes called ports. Surgeons can perform entire operations through these plastic tubes using long thin instruments. What are the advantages of keyhole surgery? The most notable benefit is the lack of a huge scar, which in itself has other advantages. No big scar means less pain; a lesser chance of complications like infection; and, of course, a better cosmetic result is achieved. Furthermore, there is a reduced risk of adhesions forming inside the stomach, which can lead to bowel blockages and incisional hernias. Lastly, keyhole surgery often affords a much quicker discharge from hospital and reduced recovery period. What are the disadvantages of keyhole surgery? As it is a lot more complex, keyhole surgery can often take longer to perform. Also, if any complications arise, a conventional procedure may be needed and will result in a large abdominal scar. Finally, the cost of such procedures is higher compared to conventional surgery as specialist equipment is needed. So, if you’re due to have surgery in the near future, why not enquire as to whether a keyhole procedure could be the right choice for you. Photo credit: © Grzegorz Kwolek - Fotolia.com

Foods that heal: optimise your nutrition following surgery

03/07/2014

Many people follow strict eating regimes before any surgery, be it minor or major. However, few people realise that what you eat after surgery is just as important. This is because surgery is a major trauma on our bodies and as such, they have to significantly repair themselves following any surgical procedure. This is why it’s vital that you give your body everything it needs during this crucial healing stage. Many people think that because they will inevitably be inactive following surgery they should reduce their calorie intake. The opposite, however, is often true and post-surgery patients need additional essential calories and nutrients to facilitate the reparation process. Protein It’s important that you follow a balanced diet after surgery, but one of the key components of this has to be protein. Muscles are often damaged or disturbed during surgery and need protein in order to heal. That’s why it’s important to fill your diet with foods like poultry, meat, fish, eggs, yogurt, cheese, beans and nuts. Alternatively, you can use protein supplements to boost your intake and aid the muscle healing process. Vitamins Furthermore, there are a number of vitamins that are vital for the healing process. For example, vitamin C aids in soft tissue repair and vitamin E is important in antioxidant defence. Some individuals may be prescribed vitamin supplements by their medical professional, but the best source, of course, is from food. Almonds, wheat germ, peanuts, sunflower seeds and plant oils are all loaded with vitamin E, while strawberries, citrus fruits, kiwi, Brussels sprouts, broccoli and bell peppers contain high levels of vitamin C. Whatever your surgery, it’s important that you don’t shy away from food. The surgeons have done their bit and now it’s time for you to do yours. Photo credit: © NOBU - Fotolia.com

Hôpital Privé d'Oxford

05/06/2014

Hôpital Privé d'Oxford This hospital is renowned throughout France for its superb facilities and equipment, benefitting for very top national rankings.All major medical and surgical specialities are practiced, including ophthalmology, hand surgery, orthopaedic surgery, coeliosurgery, vascular surgery,urology, ENT and plastic surgery. You can be sure that you will be looked after by highly trained professional staff who understand the needs and comfort of the patient, ensuring a stay that is as stress-free as possible.The hospital is as clean as you’d expect from one of the world’s leading countries in healthcare and many of the rooms have beautiful views, especially in Cannes where over 50% of the rooms have a sea view, transforming your experience of what a stay in hospital is like. The hospital Oxford-Cannes is consistently invested in to make sure that state-of-the-art equipment is available to give the doctors the very best information and also ensure that you have access to many of the latest surgical procedures. If you are looking for the very best medical care in an excellent recovery environment with sun 90% of the year, this private hospital could be the ideal place for your procedure.In addition, Nice benefits from an international airport. Facilities specialties: CENTRES OF EXCELLENCE IN OUR HEALTH CARE ESTABLISHMENTS ON THE CÔTE D’AZURMedical and surgical ophthalmology (No. 1 in the Maritime Alps)• Orthopaedic surgery and Hand Surgery (No. 1 in the Maritime Alps)• Coeliosurgery, diagnostic and interventional gastroenterology, abdominal surgery• ENT surgery• Plastic surgery• Urology• Hand Emergencies: 7 days/week and 24 hours/day

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