FAQ International Patients

What makes Lanka Hospitals better and or stand out from other South Asian hospitals?

The Lanka Hospitals PLC is the front runner in private health care in Sri Lanka, serving both local and international patients. It is unique in its position as a leader in healthcare services due to its superior service levels, quality of medical care, affordability and also superiority of its professional cadre. Lanka Hospitals is honored with the Joint Commission International (JCI) Accreditation and also Medical Travel Quality Alliance (MTQUA) Certification. This recognition by international awarding bodies sets the bar higher for our staff and our Hospital in providing Patient Care Services.

What is medical tourism?

Medical Tourism is a rapidly-growing practice of traveling across international borders to obtain health care. It also refers pejoratively to the practice of healthcare providers traveling internationally to deliver healthcare.

What services do you provide?

Lanka Hospitals provides In-Patient and Out-Patient services. These Medical Facilities include:

  • Accident & Emergency Services.
  • Cardiothoracic Services.
  • Kidney Care Centre.
  • Fertility Centre.
  • Diagnostic Services.
  • Out Patients Department (OPD).
  • Mother and Baby Care.
  • On Call Medical Consultants (Specialists).
  • General Surgery.
  •  Lanka Hospital Laboratory Services.
  • Nuclear Medicine Department.
  • Dental Clinic.
  • Eye Clinic.
  • Health Check.
  • Cosmetic Centre.
  • Otto-Rhino-Laryngology (ENT).
  • Blood Bank.
  • Parent Crafting.
  • Elderly Care.
  • 24 Hour Pharmacy.

Would my information ever be sold or given to outside companies or my employer?

Lanka Hospitals does not sell patient information to drug companies or to anyone else. We require patient consent or a court order to disclose health information to any organization or person not directly involved with the provision of patient care. We ensure that proper controls are in place in relation to disclosure of information.

Can I access my health information?

You have a right to access your personal health information, and Lanka Hospitals has an obligation to make it available to you, with limited exceptions. Exceptions are made if releasing your information would put you, your treatment or a third party at risk.

Are the hospital's doctors licensed and credentialed?

Yes. All Lanka Hospitals physicians are board certified practitioners. In addition, many have undergone their specialty training in the USA, Australia, or Europe. Lanka Hospitals process for credentialing requires a formal review of each doctor’s qualifications and track record by the Credentials and the Hospital’s Committee. These reviews take place before a doctor is appointed to the medical staff by Lanka Hospitals.

What Insurance Does Lanka Hospitals Accept?

We accept over 2000 major international insurance companies from all over the world. If you require further information please contact through email: crcell@lankahospitals.com

Whom shall I contact during symptoms in the late hours?

Lanka Hospitals offer a wide range of emergency medical services, all designed to provide you with the best care possible, as quickly as possible, in critical situations – 24 hrs a day. At their disposal is a fleet of well-equipped ambulances available for deployment to the entire island.

Does your hospitals provide airport to hospital pick up and drop off services for your patients?

We offer vehicles to accommodate the capacity and requirements of your needs. Our transportation services are chauffeur-driven.

What are the types of medical procedures that tourists usually seek at Lanka Hospitals?

There are a lot of different medical/surgical options for medical tourists. Primarily, medical tourists get elective procedures such as cosmetic surgery, hip and knee replacements, dental procedures, infertility treatments; any procedure that is usually not covered by insurance or has a long waiting time in their home country.

What is the cost savings compared to the costs in my country?

The cost savings for medical tourists are tremendous and as a result are one of the more important factors in seeking treatment at Lanka Hospitals. It is important to note that the cost for each individual will vary depending on their need and requirements. Usually, a knee replacement would cost on average of $40,000 in the US. Whereas getting that same procedure done using similar quality parts in Lanka Hospitals would cost 20% only. The costs compared to UK are similarly lower by about 20%. This is mainly possible because of favorable currency exchange rates. Download Comprassion Chart (http://fortunastage.com/lanka_hospital/image/reports/pricecomparisonchart.pdf)

Are these costs savings due to lower standards of medicine at Lanka Hospitals?

Most certainly not, the Lanka Hospitals clinical treatment match up to the highly prescribed international standards. The lower costs are due to favorable currency conversion rates and lower operational cost in Sri Lanka.

What is cosmetic Surgery?

Cosmetic surgery is a medical technique that focuses on the correction of a physical abnormality and on the improvement of the normal physical features.

What are the most prevalent aesthetic / cosmetic procedures at Lanka Hospitals?

  • Abdominoplasty (“tummy tuck”) : reshaping and firming of the Abdomen.
  • Blepharoplasty (“eyelid surgery”) : reshaping of the upper & lower eyelids.
  • Mammoplasty.
  • Breast augmentation (“breast implant” or “boob job”) : augmentation of the breasts by means of fat grafting, saline, or silicone gel prosthetics.
  • Reduction mammoplasty (“breast reduction”) : removal of skin and glandular tissue, which is done to reduce back and shoulder pain in women with gigantomastia and/or for psychological benefit men with gynecomastia
  • Mastopexy (“breast lift”) : Lifting or reshaping of breasts to make them less saggy, often after weight loss (after a pregnancy, for example). It involves removal & rearrangement of of excess breast skin & glands.
  • Labiaplasty : surgical reduction and reshaping of the labia.
  •  Lip enhancement : surgical improvement of lips’ fullness through enlargement.
  • Rhinoplasty (“nose job”) : reshaping of the Human nose. Through fat grafting, Restylane or both.
  • Otoplasty (“ear surgery”/”ear pinning”) : reshaping of the ear, most often done by pinning the protruding ear closer to the head.
  • Rhytidectomy (“face lift”) : removal of wrinkles and signs of aging from the face/neck.
  • Removal of auxiliary fat pads.
  • Thigh lift / Buttocks lift.
  • Arm lift.
  • Browplasty (“brow lift” or “forehead lift”) : elevates eyebrows, smoothes the forehead skin.
  • Midface lift (“cheek lift”) : tightening of the cheeks.
  • Liposuction (“suction lipectomy”) : removal of fat deposits by traditional suction technique or micro-air liposuction (power assisted).
  • Chin augmentation (“chin implant”) : augmentation of the chin with an implant, usually silicone, by sliding genioplasty of the jawbone or by suture of the soft tissue.
  • Cheek augmentation (“cheek implant”) : implants to the cheek.
  • Orthognathic Surgery : manipulation of the facial bones through controlled fracturing.
  • Fillers injections : collagen, fat, and other tissue filler injections, such as hyaluronic acid.

What is the difference between cosmetic and reconstructive surgery?

Cosmetic surgery is performed to reshape normal structures of the body in order to improve appearance and self-esteem. Reconstructive surgery is performed on abnormal structures of the body caused by congenital defects, developmental abnormalities, trauma, infection, tumors or disease. In general, reconstructive surgery is performed to improve function, but may also be completed to approximate a normal appearance.

What is the recovery from cosmetic surgery like?

Each patient relieves pain after surgery in different ways. Your surgeon will prescribe the appropriate pain medications to help minimize any discomfort. In general, most facial cosmetic operations have minimal discomfort post-operatively. Liposuction is slightly more uncomfortable, and operations that require elevation or tightening of the muscles-such as an abdominoplasty or breast augmentation can cause slight discomfort.

If I have Botox or Restylane, how often would I need to repeat the injections?

Botox lasts about three to four months, and the treatment can be repeated as needed. When it wears off, you will begin to notice increased muscle action and some reformation of the wrinkles. It appears that with repeated use, the effect of Botox becomes longer lasting. Restylane, is a crystal clear gel based on non-animal hyaluronic acid. Restylane is produced by the Swedish biotechnology company Q-Med AB. Restylane lasts for about 9 months.

How do I know what size breast implant is right for me?

The decision is based on a number of factors, including the patient’s desires, reasons for the surgery and overall health. For example, are you doing it because you feel your breasts are too small relative to your body contour or are you unhappy with the size and firmness of your breasts following pregnancy, breastfeeding or major weight loss? Patients may require breast lift and implants. Unevenness between the breasts can also be a motivating factor. Your surgeon can help you make the right decision during your pre-surgical appointment(s).

Will a partial face-lift take away wrinkles from lower face and neck?

This can only be determined after you are evaluated by a plastic surgeon, but any kind of plastic surgery in this area should improve your appearance.

Does a person's voice change after rhinoplasty (nose surgery)?

few patients notice small change in their voice after rhinoplasty but this is uncommon. Professionals who rely on their voice, such as singers, should share any concerns with their surgeon, however, because the nose does play a role in how we sound.

If a patient has a heart condition, is plastic surgery with general anesthesia safe?

It depends upon the patient’s disease and current medications. Talk to our plastic surgeon about your specific situation.

How is a patient's physical condition evaluated prior to plastic surgery?

A complete pre-testing series of appointments is done prior to any surgery and an anesthetist evaluation before surgery.

How is the weather condition in Sri Lanka?

Sri Lanka is a tropical country, with distinct dry and wet seasons. The seasons are slightly complicated by having two monsoons. From May to August monsoon brings rain to the island, while the dry season here lasts from December to March. The Maha monsoon occurs through October to January, bringing rain to the North and East, while the dry season begins from May to September. The North and East are comparatively dry. During the period of October and November, rain can occur in some areas of the island. Colombo and the coastal regions have an average temperature of 27°C to 30°C. In Kandy, the average temperature is 20°C, while Nuwara Eliya has a temperate of 16°C. The sea stays at around 28 to 29°C all year.

When is the best time to travel?

Climatically speaking, the driest (and the best) seasons in Sri Lanka are from December to March for hill country and from April to September to visit the ancient cities. December through March most tourists visit Sri Lanka, to escape winter. July/August is the time of the Kandy Perahera, the 10-day festival honouring the sacred tooth relic of the Buddha, and also the time for the Kataragama festival in the South. Sri Lanka’s climate means that it is always the right beach season.

Whom Can I contact, for further information regarding Cosmetic Surgery?

Please contact the Manager – International Business the key contact point at Lanka Hospitals via email: ipcc@lankahospitals.com