A pensioner has returned to the UK after visiting Poland for a hip replacement.
William Foreman, a 66-year-old from Suffolk, decided to shun the NHS after experiencing problems with waiting lists, choosing instead to seek treatment abroad.
He spent £6,400 on the trip, which included hip replacement surgery and a three-week rehabilitation programme, and is now continuing his recovery at home.
Speaking about the experience, Mr Foreman told the East Anglian Daily Times: "Within two weeks of having the initial meeting with my GP I was in Poland and having the operation.
"Afterwards I was moved to a private ward and had rehabilitation sessions twice a day, one on one with a physiotherapist."
Mr Foreman said that many British surgeons "have their hands tied" because of the health system and expressed disappointment with the treatment he received in the UK.
"Now, I'm looking forward to getting my quality of life back," he added.
The number of medical procedures being provided to foreign visitors in Poland has increased dramatically in recent years.
Treatment represents extremely good value and patients can also benefit from the excellent standard of dental treatment while visiting the country.