Make health prevention your 2015 New Year’s Resolutions

Make sure your health comes first and get a complete check-up while enjoying the sun in Lisbon.

Medical Port and Sagres Vacations recently partnered to create Medical Tourism programs for Americans who wish to travel to Europe. This partnership aims to let consumers know that Portugal is a great option for Medical Tourism. Medical Port works only with top private hospitals and clinics in Lisbon, Oporto, and the Algarve.

Start off 2015 the best way possible by doing a complete health check-up while you enjoy the best that Lisbon has to offer. Think about historic monuments, mild all year round temperatures, and great Mediterranean style food. “Prevention is the Key” program is a one-week health assessment Medical Tourism package. Health prevention is important and can reduce health risk factors and also improve the length and quality of life. Assess how good your health is and the lifestyle changes you can do to improve it.

The medical component of this package includes:

  • Complete health check-up in private hospital in JCI accredited facilities
  • Different check-up exams for men and women
  • Transfers, hospital concierge, and accommodation.

As for leisure, travellers can enjoy different options:

  • A private tour to discover Lisbon or Oporto and its surroundings
  • Get in shape while enjoying daily countryside and beach walking trails
  • Special options include:
    • Enjoy a relaxing and detox program in a Hotel with SPA
    • Learn more about Mediterranean cuisine with a chef in cooking sessions
    • Experience a private walking tour in Lisbon or Oporto with a professional photographer
    • Sail Tejo or Douro Rivers in a luxury sailboat

When you want to commit to a healthy lifestyle, you should do it with the support of your friends and family. And set realistic and measurable goals. Join this program with your partner and start to reinforce your commitment with healthy living in 2015.

Why choose Portugal?

With centuries of History it’s no surprise that there are plenty of places to see and things to do. From visiting magnificent castles to amazing contemporary art museums, the choice is yours. Portugal is a very safe destination as it’s ranked 18 out of 162 in the Global Peace Index. There’s an average of 3300 hours of sunshine per year, one of the highest in Europe and nearly 30% of the population is fluent in English.

To find out more about this partnership read our previous blog post, here. If you want to know more about “Prevention is the Key” contact Medical Port, or Sagres Vacations.



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Improving your vision with Laser Eye Surgery

A quick and painless medical procedure, LASIK – or Laser Eye Surgery – has became one of the most popular surgeries made abroad because of its swift recovery, inexistent waiting-lists in the chosen country and costs-saving. The surgery is designed to treat refractive errors, improve vision, and reduce or eliminate the need for glasses or contact lenses.

During the LASIK procedure, a specially trained eye surgeon first creates a precise, thin hinged corneal flap using a microkeratome. The surgeon then pulls back the flap to expose the underlying corneal tissue, and then the excimer laser ablates (reshapes) the cornea in a unique pre-specified pattern for each patient. The flap is then gently repositioned onto the underlying cornea without sutures.

Laser Eye Surgery has been proven to be safe and effective for most people. With careful patient screening and selection, reasonable expectations, and in the care of an experienced surgeon, most patients will be very pleased with their results. These are some of the other advantages of LASIK:

  • LASIK is able to accurately correct most levels of myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness), and astigmatism;
  • The procedure is fast, usually lasting only five to 10 minutes, and is generally painless;
  • Because the laser is guided by a computer, it is very precise and results are very accurate;
  • In most cases, a single treatment will achieve the desired outcome; however, enhancements are possible if needed, even many years after the initial surgery.

For more detailed information about this procedure visit Medical Port’s website. You can also get to know available Hospitals and Doctors in Portugal for LASIK.

If you’re considering having Laser Eye Surgery abroad, contact us for a personalized and free quote.



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Breast Augmentation (Breast Implant)

Augmentation of the breast, or breast implant, consists of insertion of a silicone bag (prosthesis) under the breast (submammary) or under the breast and chest muscle (subpectoral) and then filling the bag with saline (salt water).

This prosthesis expands the breast area to give a fuller breast (increased cup size), give a better contour, and give more cleavage.

The incision (cut) may be placed at various locations such as: under the breast at the breast fold; periareolar which is at the edge of the areola (brown area consisting of nipple and areola); within the areola; in the armpit (axillary); or in the umbilical area.

The thinnest scar is usually in the areola. The umbilical incision approach is used with an endoscope (tube with a light for visualization and placement of the breast implant).

If you’re considering having Breast Augmentation, visit Medical Port’s website for more information about this procedure, hospitals and doctors available in Portugal.



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Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)

A tummy tuck is suitable for both men and women who are in good general health overall.

It should not be confused with a liposuction (the cosmetic surgery used to remove fat deposits), although your surgeon may elect to perform liposuction as part of a tummy tuck.

Women who have muscles and skin stretched by multiple pregnancies may find the procedure useful to tighten those muscles and reduce that skin. A tummy tuck is also an alternative for men or women who were obese at one point in their lives and still have excessive fat deposits or loose skin in the abdominal area.

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Surgical Hernia repair abroad

The risk of suffering an inguinal hernia in men is 27% and in women is about 3 %. Unavoidable condition, its treatment shouldn’t be delayed and that’s why Medical Port has teamed up with Dr. Miguel Pinto for a fast and effective surgical Hernia repair in Portugal.

With hernias there is potential for a bottleneck situation, in which the intestine is caught and undergoes a quick gangrene. This is a serious complication that requires urgent surgery and poses a serious health risk.

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