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Story of 62-year-old Doctor from Fiji who traveled to India for Spine Surgery

All the way from Fiji, 62-year-old Dr. Joel Navarro Trazo recently came down to India with his wife to get a permanent relief from a Spine problem. Being a General Practitioner (GP) himself, Dr. Trazo found India to be a suitable place for his treatment. With a satisfactory smile spread across his face, he now shares his experience in India.

Mr Joel from Fiji with Vaidam

What medical problem did you have?

I was diagnosed with Spondylolisthesisa condition of Spine in which one bone in the back (vertebra) slides forward over the bone below it. This can cause back pain and numbness or weakness in one or both legs. 

I have been experiencing back pain for a couple of years. Even after several medication and treatments, I faced a lot of problems.


Why did you choose India over other countries for your treatment?

My problem couldn't be treated in Fiji hence I started looking out. The cost in Philippines, where I have a family too, was almost double of that in India. New Zealand and Australia were 3-4 times costlier than the treatment in India.

Quality of hospitals and doctors in India is at par with the best, there was no waiting time, hence I chose India!


How did you come across Vaidam Health?

Well, when you are looking for your treatment abroad, you would need a good medical travel facilitator. I looked up the internet and went through Vaidam's website. It was at that time I realized that they were a very reliable source and I contacted them. Things moved at a fast pace after that and they provided the list of the best spine hospitals in India.


How did you choose the doctor and the hospital for your treatment?

Vaidam took my case to multiple hospitals and within a week shared recommendations from 5 senior doctors. I was particularly impressed with Dr. Rajesh Verma of Artemis Hospital in Gurgaon (New Delhi region). Dr. Verma is a renowned Spine Surgeon in India and Artemis Hospital is a JCI accredited hospital i.e. the highest level of accreditation for hospitals (globally).

I discussed my case with Dr. Verma on phone too, it gave me confidence! 


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Was the travel from Fiji comfortable?

Due to my back-pain, it frankly wasn't that comfortable.

The flight was on time. I flew from Nadi to Singapore and from there I flew to India via Air India. I didn’t have to wait after landing in India as Vaidam Patient Manager was already present on the airport.


How was your experience with the doctor and the hospital?

Immediately after I arrived in India, I was taken to the Artemis Hospital. After an hour I met Dr. Rajesh Verma. As instructed I went through some tests and by the next day I was admitted in the hospital for my Surgery. 


How did you choose your accommodation in India?

Vaidam arranged everything for me and provided me hotel options that were within my budget. The hotel that I chose was 5 minutes ride from the hospital. 


How many days did you have to stay in the hospital?

I had to stay in the hospital for only 3 days, and 10 days in hotel for physiotherapy and recovery. The physiotherapist was arranged by Vaidam.


How did you feel about your treatment in India? 

It was a very pleasant experience. Dr. Verma’s diagnosis and prompt treatment is commendable. Within 2 days after the Surgery, I could walk. From the hotel to the hospital, everything is so prim and proper and also technologically advanced. 

My wife also traveled with me. She too got her Comprehensive Heart Check-up done. After recovery, we wanted to do some shopping and sight-seeing, all that was well arranged by Vaidam.


Would you like to give any suggestions for the people who are willing to travel to India for their treatment?

I strongly recommend India for its high standards in medical treatment, and the prices here, too, are cheaper than anywhere else in the world. There are many options for hospitals and doctors here. You can choose one for your treatment after discussing with your Case Manager who will guide the whole time.

I am thankful to Dr. Rajesh Verma, Artemis Hospital and the team at Vaidam Health. I am back in Fiji now and I am so looking forward to start playing Tennis again!

Author Name
Bipasha Mitra

Published Date
: 22-Aug-2016

Bipasha Mitra 

After completing her Bachelors Degree in English and PG Diploma in Journalism, Bipasha started her career in writing. With an eye for detail and a creative bent of mind, she emphatically crafts patient's stories, and pens blogs and articles understanding what the readers want to know and should know for their medical treatment.

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