New York Plastic Surgery News: Medical Tourists Beware of Drug-Resistant Superbug NDM-1

TARRYTOWN, N.Y., Sept. 22 /PRNewswire/ — The World Health Organization has issued a warning to medical travelers: let the buyer beware. This warning comes on the heels of a growing threat of an antibiotic-resistant superbug, known as the New Delhi metallo-beta-lactamase (NDM-1), named after the region in India where it was discovered. “Many medical travelers go overseas for procedures such as hip or knee replacements, ACL surgeries, root canals and spinal fusions,” explained Dr. R. Michael Koch of the New York Group For Plastic Surgery, a New York plastic surgery practice. “However, many medical tourism patients who seek cheaper plastic or cosmetic surgeries abroad such as breast augmentation, reconstructive surgery and liposuction, may be getting more than they bargained for in the end with this superbug.”

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