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Waheeda Alibhai from Tanzania gets Hernia Rooted out Successfully in India


Tell us about yourself.

I am Waheeda Alibhai and I am from the United Republic of Tanzania.


What brought you to India?

I was diagnosed with sliding Hiatal hernia in Tanzania and was recommended to get the surgery done. Moreover, I wanted to undergo weight-loss surgery from a specialist. Since there are limited resources in Tanzania, I decided to visit India for my treatment.


How did the decided the place of the treatment and chose the hospital?

Once I decided to come to India for my treatment, I started browsing the internet to look out for the best general surgeons in India, the cost involved and other aspects. While doing so, I came across the website of Vaidam Health and came to know that they facilitate international patients for treatment in India. I posted my query on their website and received a call back shortly by one of their case managers. The case manager took my reports and shared it with some of the topmost general surgery hospitals in India to get the best opinions and associated quotes. She also provided me some doctor profiles to help me select one of them for my treatment. She also discussed with me several other details like cost, place of accommodation, airport pickup, etc.


How was your process of visa application?

After I decided to come to the Nanavati Super Specialty Hospital, Mumbai by considering all the aspects of my treating and reading the profile of Dr. Manmohan Kamat, the entire process was assisted by the Vaidam team. Everything from getting the Visa Invitation Letter from the hospital and the visa application was done by the team. I provided them the required information and the documents and received the visa within 2-3 days on my email. The entire process was very smooth.


Describe your experience at the hospital.

My appointment was scheduled with Dr. Manmohan Kamat, after I reached India on 28th January. During the appointment, the doctor listened to me very patiently while I explained my story to him from the beginning. He was very keen about all my signs and symptoms. He conducted a physical examination and also ordered a few more investigations. After the reports came back, the doctor advised me to have gastric bypass surgery for weight loss and also confirmed that I would need the hiatal hernia surgery.

Soon the surgery was conducted on a scheduled date. I was kept under observation for a few days and then discharged from the hospital. Before my discharge, the team at the hospital made sure that I was recovering well and have no complications from the surgery. The doctor also told me about the lifestyle changes like the exercises that I would need to do after I reach home for better recovery.


How was your overall experience of your entire visit to India?

My experience was entirely smooth and well-coordinated. I was picked up from the airport and dropped back. My accommodation was arranged by the Vaidam team. Other than that, everything that I needed and all my queries was well answered. I am absolutely satisfied with my visit to India

Author Name
Dr. Kavreen Arora

Published Date
: 28-Mar-2019

Dr. Kavreen Arora

Dr. Kavreen studied medicine and actively practised for few years before she decided to share her knowledge through medical blogs and articles. Since then, Dr. Kavreen has written several articles about the recent advances in various medical treatments, life expectancies, and the best hospitals & doctors across the nation. 

She is a keen observer and likes to keep herself updated with the new technologies. She is an avid reader and an earnest writer in the medical field.

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