More Parents Travelling For Child Surgery
Released on: March 11, 2009, 12:30 am
Author: Arbor Books
Traveling out of state or country for medical treatment,
commonly referred to as medical tourism, is now catching on with
parents seeking specialized surgeries for their children.
In the last few years, parents from around the world have flocked to the United
States for specialized pediatric surgeries. And American parents have sought help in
countries with nationalized healthcare or more affordable surgeries, such as India.
But as with all surgical procedures and practices, experts are advising caution.
Dr. Armen Ketchedjian, author of the book Will It Hurt? A Parent’s Practical Guide
to Children’s Surgery, says that any parent looking for the best care for their
child should place quality first, and that any decision made about surgery should be
done with the advice and counsel of the child’s pediatrician.
“Selecting a surgeon for a child can be a difficult process for parents,” says Dr.
Ketch, as the author is known to his patients. “It’s a frightening thing to be told
that your child needs surgery, and parents are sometimes slow to trust doctors to
operate. So caution is a natural and advisable strategy.”
Hospitals like Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Michigan, have adapted to the trend
and deal with families from around the world—200 from Italy alone—who travel there
to take advantage of the hospital’s specialized surgeries to restore vision in
For American parents, the journey often leads them to areas with American-trained
doctors working for lower wages. “Unfortunately, the healthcare companies sometimes
insist on very strict criteria for approving a surgery,” says Dr. Ketch. “It has
changed the way pediatric surgeons practice medicine.”
Dr. Ketch hopes that his book will contribute to better parent education about
pediatric surgery in general and recommends that parents who are considering
traveling to see specialists keep the following guidelines in mind:
* Look for a surgeon who has training in the kind of surgery your child needs
* Find out in advance what type of facility your child will have to be in for
* If you have a choice between a medical center that specializes in
pediatrics and one that does not, choose the one that specializes in pediatrics
* Look for a surgeon who has extensive experience
These tips and more are part of Dr. Ketch’s efforts to give parents some insight
into the world of pediatric surgery. He says hopes that more parents will take
advantage of resources like his to learn about their options before making a final
decision about where to take their child for surgery.
Will It Hurt? helps educate parents about pediatric surgery. It is an easy-to-read
resource that will give parents, children and families the help and reassurance they
need to make surgical experiences as stress-free as possible.
Listed in The Guide to America’s Top Anesthesiologists by the Consumer Research
Council of America, Dr. Ketch trained at Cornell Medical Center, with a fellowship
at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and a pain management elective at Boston
Children’s Hospital. He has also worked to help develop new techniques in ambulatory
anesthesia, taught medical students and residents, and cared for more than 10,000
Dr. Ketch is also the author of the children’s book Golden Apples (winner of the
2008 Reviewer’s Choice Award), a beautifully illustrated book that aims to help
educate children about the dangers of drug abuse.
For more information, contact the author directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
WARREN ENTERPRISES, LLC and author Dr. Armen G. Ketchedjian chose Arbor Books, Inc.
(www.ArborBooks.com) to design and promote Will It Hurt? A Parent’s Practical Guide
to Children’s Surgery. Arbor Books is an internationally renowned, full-service book
design, ghostwriting and marketing firm.
(Will It Hurt? A Parent’s Practical Guide to Children’s Surgery by Dr. Ketch; ISBN:
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