Innovation with medical technologies and procedures plays a critical role in expanding treatment options, which can include medical tourism. For example, The International Orthopedic Group in Doral, Florida, USA uses minimally invasive surgery and regional block anesthesia to reduce the post-operative recovery time. In the former, minimal incisions are made, which reduces tissue damage. This makes the procedure more applicable to medical tourism patients. Similarly, regional block anesthesia makes the procedure easier on the patient and less of an ordeal. For the clinic, this dramatically increases the market it can address.
The advent of minimally invasive surgery, such as arthroscopy, coupled with superior regional block anesthesia, has allowed traditionally major surgery to be comfortably performed in specialized ambulatory centers [benefiting] domestic [and] international patients.
Orthopedic Surgery for the International Tourist Patient provides a rich example of an orthopedic specialty clinic, which I highly recommend. Notably, it also describes the role of tourism in Florida as part of the clinic’s value proposition for the patient and the patient’s family.