Aftercare facilities largely depend on each individual hospital, their policies or your surgery or treatment package. In most cases, the patient is transferred either to a recovery facility or a hotel for the rest of your stay in that country. Staying at a hotel or a recovery facility is in fact beneficial as it costs you 2 to 3 times lesser than staying in a hospital. Now, whether you have to pay extra charges in the hotel or not also depends on the treatment package or the medical tourism package that you have purchased from your medical tourism facilitator.
Many packages also include rehabilitation therapy, as a part of aftercare facility. So, if you need one, especially in cases like hip and knee replacement which requires extensive rehabilitation therapy, do check with your medical tourism facilitator whether the hospital you are choosing provides this facility or not.
The hospital and your international physicians take full responsibility, when you are in the country and take proper action in case a complication arises. However, it is best advisable to keep a tab on important hospital or staff contacts, while you are still recovering in the recovery facility or hotel.
If you want to return home immediately after your surgery or treatment, check with your doctor if it is safe for you to fly, at that time. If the doctor says you are fine, you are good to go but in more complicated surgeries like heart transplant, pulmonary embolism or deep vein thrombosis, it is more advisable to stay overseas for recovery. Moreover, it is better to fly first class or business tickets after undergoing a surgery. The hospital staff and your escort will guide you and take care of every requirement such as if you have undergone a major surgery, which requires you to relax your muscles or limits your movement, the staff will provide you a wheel chair.
Once you return home, it is best to have a regular check up with your local doctor who will then contact your international doctor in case he needs more information related to your health and condition. However, you can also contact your overseas doctor directly, if you don’t have a primary doctor and seek their advice and recommendations whenever required. In most cases, you won’t even have to call them up as they will follow up periodically, to check on your health status.