Experimental Surgery

I was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2000. I decided to go abroad for an experimental treatment not available to me at home. The doctors there said “This is such a new procedure so we’re not quite sure what you’re going to get, so please don’t go in expecting miracles. This is not a cure, this is symptom management.” And because it was so new, what they called an experimental procedure, they had to cover their legal behinds. I had to sign release forms saying that I will not sue if something should go awry.  I did feel better for a few weeks after the surgery, but over the long term my symptoms have resumed.

Different countries have different standards and regulations for the delivery of health services and the use of experimental treatments for therapeutic purposes.  Before you decide whether to go, consider that going abroad for experimental medical procedures abroad may be dangerous to your health and may result in financial, physical, or emotional harm without any evidence that it will improve your health. Ask a physician you trust about any procedures you are considering getting, especially about the current evidence of the effectiveness of the procedure.