Health Made in Latvia

What Is Medical Tourism?
July 12, 2017

Health & Tourism, LLC

We are pleased to present to you a special material about the health tourism in Latvia. Here we collected the most useful information for readers to know about amazing possibilities of modern healing and recoveries.
Today, medical tourism is the most developing business in the world. Latvia is one of the most affordable destinations in Europe.
Our company has worked in the medical field of health tourism since 2007. People choose our services because Health & Tourism consists of certified doctors that can help not only with the logistics of the trip, but also can provide feedback based on their medical experience.
In the beginning people contacted us due to illness, looking for more affordable medical assistance. This was due to missing health insurance, long lines, expensive surgeries or absence of medical service all together. However, now people are becoming more proactive. They understand that timely check-ups and tests can significantly improve the quality of life. Nowadays, a person has all the opportunities for an active and healthy lifestyle at any age!
We just hope that this information will lead you to try the use of international medicine. Health and Tourism agency is more than happy to help you in this endeavor!
Dr.DenissVasiljevs
CEO
Health & Tourism, LLC

Latvia is a great central point for medical tourism

The medical field of any country has its strong and weak points. Latvia is a great central point for health tourism thanks to comfortable climate, geographical position, and a stable economic situation. Latvia is good not only for cosmetic surgeries and diagnostics, but also for dental, orthopedic, and other procedures.
The H&T team selects the best services that Latvian medicine can offer. Our agency helps clients organize the trip to Latvia effectively and efficiently, depending on their needs. We are here for you: from the hotel booking to the healing and recovery at the best SPA centers. Throughout the whole time, you will have a personal coordinator. The coordinator will work on making your stay at the clinic as comfortable as possible. And will answer any questions you may have through Skype, e-mail or phone. Your health and comfort are the highest priority to us.
Based on the professional experience, both in Latvian clinics, and other European and American, we approached very seriously to the choice of partners by conducting in-depth assessment of each clinic. The process we use involves looking at their personnel education, experience, scientific research and language skills (a requirement of knowing at least 3 languages: Russian, English andLatvian). In addition, we are making sure our clinics have equipment that meets European standards. Our partners’ clinics aretrustworthy because they have designated area of expertise.
If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact us.

Vein Treatment

The future is already possible now! Until recently the treatment of varicose veins was a painful surgical intervention, nowadays it is a painless intravascular procedure done in the outpatient facility without the need to wear special compression stockings. In this procedure, the vein is not removed, but rather special bio glue is placed in the vein, which subsequently, turns into the connective tissue. This bio adhesive is completely harmless. And the results are noticeable almost immediately – the veins become less visible. Latvia is one of the five countries that have received the certificate for this treatment, and the “Baltic Vein Clinic” is the only one that practice it in the Baltic States.
Another very popular method of treating varicose veins is an operation using endovenous thermal occlusion with steam micro impulses – SVS. This is an injection system that consists of a special catheter with tiny holes through which micro pulses of heated sterilized water steam are introduced in the vein. Thus, a compression of the vein wall and vein’s closure are achieved. SVS technology is particularly innovative: the steam acts directly on the vein and closes it with minimal injuries. Each micro pulse of vapor releases energy of 60 joules. Depending on the diameter of the vein the number of pulses varies. Usually 2-3 micro pulses are applied per one centimeter. This technique allows to close the main trunk of the vein, as well as the largest lateral branches. In the case of constant chronic venous insufficiency, occurrence of the complications such as ulcers can even lead the person to social withdrawal.
The presence of persistent wounds on the feet for many months brings a lot of inconvenience and the person becomes less active, thereby seriously reducing his own life’s potential.The solution for this problem takes a relatively short time nowadays. Parallel with the treatment of the main underlying problem, which caused the appearance of trophic ulcers, a painless cleaning and treatment using low frequency ultrasonic waves with a jet of saline is initiated.Ultrasonic assisted wound treatment is primarily based on the cavitation effect generated by low-frequency ultrasound. The main advantage of this modern method is that it creates fewer injuries and fewer cleaning procedures are required.

Plastic surgery

According to scientists the human body can live up to 120 years with a healthy lifestyle. The trend is not only about a long life, but also in extending the period of youth! At that point innovative technologies of plastic surgery play a major role. For example, one of the methods of plastic surgery available in Latvia is the PureGraft System, by means of which a patients’ own purified biomaterial is injected back into the body, where needed. This is increasingly becoming an alternative in the correction of body shapes and to the use of fillers with hyaluronic acid. The uniqueness of the method is that the integrated fat cells quickly develop their own network of blood vessels that to an even greater extent gives the skin a truly youthful appearance. The same method is used not only in aesthetic, but also in reconstructive surgery. The most popular interventions are aimed at giving shape and volume of the malar and the mandibular areas, as well as breast reconstruction after radical surgery. Today, safe and affordable plastic surgery techniques give the opportunity to realize human life potential to a greater extent.

Check-ups

Every day, confronted with the treatment of patients, participating in studies of the causes of various diseases, we have compiled check-up programs, so that everyone had an opportunity to identify disease risks in the initial stages. We offer several types of effective check-up programs. Each program is carefully designed taking into account patient gender, age, health risks and financial capabilities. Programs are designed in such a way that check-ups are performed in shortest terms, but at the same time very effectively, so that risks are identified and patients get all the necessary advice and treatment plan. For example, one of the premium check-up programs including CT and MRI examination, thyroid ultrasound, Doppler ultrasound exam of the legs, of blood vessels of the head and neck and also cardiac echocardiography can be performed in just one – two days.
Among the many diagnostic methods there are two most modern and beneficial ones in our opinion. A method of using a computerized tomography, such as a heart scan, based on the calculation of the level of calcium (Coronary Artery Calcium Scoring) is the most effective in identifying early coronary calcification as a result of atherosclerosis before symptoms even appear. And that is why it is a very important study, because often the first manifestation of a coronary heart disease is a heart attack – an irreversible loss of viable heart muscle. The amount of calcium in the coronary arteries – is a powerful independent predictor of future cardiac events, it can be used as a guide to lifestyle modifications and in showing the right time to start preventive drug therapy to reduce the risks. Thus, a person having a more complete picture of what is happening in its own heart, by accepting preventive measures, can live its life without mayor damage to the heart muscle, which will give an opportunity not only to extend, but also to significantly improve the quality of life in older age without having a heart failure. Carrying out the scan of the heart based on the calculation of the level of calcium only takes a few minutes and does not require intravenous iodine injections. Who should be scanned? One out of three people in the world die because of cardiovascular disease. The screening is not required for patients younger than 40 years without any additional risk factors, such as smoking, high cholesterol, high blood pressure etc.
The second check-up method is a virtual colonoscopy. This study allows assessing the state of the colon without the introduction of the traditional colonoscope. The study takes a matter of minutes, without the use of sleeping pills and sedatives. The advantage of a virtual colonoscopy to optical one is that the radiologist receives the scan of the intestine and the surrounding tissues, respectively, increases the possibility of finding pathology which lies outside the intestines, such as kidney stones or gall bladder cancer, kidney cancer, abdominal aortic aneurysm. Virtual colonoscopy is performed without any invasive intervention, thus the risk of complications is much smaller than with optical colonoscopy.
Preventive check-ups are extremely important, because very often the disease is asymptomatic until the late stages of the disease. Early detection and removal of potentially dangerous polyps helps reduce the risk of cancer by almost 90%! Prevention is the most effective treatment.

Orthopedic surgery

The concept of preventive medicine (from French. praevenire «ahead”) is not always followed in the routine practice of local medical communities. Meanwhile, European and global health institutions are actively developing preventive medicine as medicine, which acts “proactively” and “ahead” of the progression of diseases. So, nowadays, it comes to disease prevention, and not just about combating the effects of progressive diseases degrading human health and by that reducing the chances of a long life, and most importantly a period of youth.
As it often happens in orthopedics, the person notices some small symptoms, but after some time begins to ignore them, thus allowing the disease to progress uncontrollably. If you once notice that you or any of your loved ones started to walk with a limp or any pain started to occur while walking, then it is definitely time to refer to the orthopedist. The musculoskeletal system is very complex biomechanical system in which changes in one part of the system always involve changes in the entire system. Let’s take for example the prolonged disease of the hip joint. Even after a successful surgery the difference in leg length can appear, because of the altered biomechanics of the pelvis, which requires long-term rehabilitation. Timeliness of care is a key factor in preventive medicine. For example, a hip surgery or knee replacement done in proper time allows a person to substantially improve the quality and duration of life and to get rid of mountains of anti-inflammatory drugs and painkillers. In turn, if there is no need to regularly take painkillers, there is no threat of compromising the life potential of other internal organs, especially the kidneys, liver and stomach.
Today, joint replacement is a very high-tech type of medical care. There are many different variations of the prosthesis components. When planning arthroplasty, it is important that the operating surgeon is able to choose the best suitable prosthesis depending on your age, the desired amount of activity and lifestyle. Therefore, it is essential to consult on these issues only in a highly volume specialized centers, where there is a large variety of methods and materials on site. For international patients in Latvia, there is a great opportunity to receive such treatment in the high volume state-of-the art hospital specialized only in orthopedics. The clinic is staffed by the best country doctors and diagnostic methods and materials are among the best in the world. Given the fact that the implants last up to 15-25 years, and after the revision surgery another 10-20 years, the question of whether modern man should replace the joint, if necessary, becomes a thing of the past.

Dental care

“Let us always meet each other with smile, for the smile is the beginning of love.”― Mother Teresa.
Modern dentistry is a mass of well-designed technology and extensive range of high-quality materials to achieve excellent results nearly painless. The newest computerized local anesthetic delivery system Wand STA, able to deliver anesthesia for each individual tooth, is available in Latvia. The dentist now has the ability to numb only one particular tooth that will receive treatment. The tissues get anesthetized before the introduction of the needle, gradually introducing it into an already anaesthetized tissue. This technology allows to avoid unpleasant side effects of anesthesia as tingling and numbness of the lips, cheeks and tongue. This system is especially suitable for children. Now the man going to the dentist may forget about the pain caused by anesthetic injection.
Recent thinking suggests that all patients should be given the benefit of advice and support to change behavior regarding their general and dental health, not just those thought to be ‘at risk’. Today dentistry finally becomes a part of the planned outpatient medicine, because of regular care starting from early childhood, the acute dental problems simply do not appear. Everything is treated in a timely manner. And it directly impacts the vitality of man, because modern man by continuously caring about the health of their teeth, no longer deal with the painful suffering of acute dental problems. As well as retaining more teeth might be a useful indicator for longevity of older people, say Japanese scientists.
In Japan, more than 600 elderly people were examined (70 years). The observation lasted five years. At the end of the reference period, researchers found that among those, who at the beginning of the study had more than 20 teeth, overall mortality rates were lower (2.5%), than in those who had less than two dozen teeth (6.1%).* The possible explanation of the difference can be simple: the lack of teeth in adulthood is a marker of delayed treatment and neglection of hygiene rules. This gives rise to dental problems leading to deterioration of general health.
The presence of teeth in any mature age is provided by constantly evolving implantology. Implanting teeth– is a dental care process by which artificial teeth, visually and functionally no different from natural teeth are implanted. This is one of the key areas in modern dentistry science, which allows to successfully and reliably solve the problems of missing teeth for patients of different ages.
In Latvia, a newest system (Nobel BioCare) is used for the creation of implants, which allows to pull out the root of the tooth, to insert the implant and execute a temporary prosthesis in just one day. A warranty card for ten years is issued on all implants installed with the Nobel BioCare system. Implants of almost all top manufacturers of the world are available in Latvia.
With this kind of approach to life, the concept of the ageing and youth will soon have just a formal meaning.
Another modern and invisible system called Invisalign is available in Latvia and able to fix a variety of orthodontic problems. With this technology man at any age should not feel ashamed, because of all the visible braces in the mouth. This becomes especially important in middle age, when a person does not have to cease its responsible work activities, to be able to continue the treatment, because the special transparent and removable caps do not affect everyday life.

*Community Dent Oral Epidemiol. 2015 Jun;43(3):226-31. doi: 10.1111/cdoe.12146. Epub 2015 Jan 19.

 

 

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