Hip replacement surgery is a procedure in which the hip joint is replaced by a prosthetic implant, is currently the most common orthopedic operation, though patient satisfaction short and long term varies widely.
About 500,000 people worldwide have total hip replacement surgery each year, and there are many success stories about this procedure abroad. Many countries offer discount medical tourism worldwide, but some of the best destinations for patients who travel abroad include India, Singapore, Turkey and Mexico.
Hip replacement is done usually for people above the age of 50 when the hip is damaged by arthritis, fracture or other conditions that make doing everyday activities difficult. The procedure is safe, resulting in pain relief and increasing motion.
The rate of medical complications following hip replacement surgery is very low. Serious infections occur in less than 2% of patients, and the most common cause of infection is bacteria entering the bloodstream during dental procedures, urinary tract infections or skin infections. After your surgery, you should take antibiotics before having any dental work or surgical procedure performed.
Blood clots in the leg veins or pelvis are the most common complication of hip replacement surgery. However, your orthopedic surgeon will have a blood clot prevention plan that includes medication and support stockings.
Most patients undergoing total hip replacement surgery want to know when they'll be able to return to their normal life. There are many factors that can contribute to recovery time, but typically patients can return to normal life activities within 1 to 6 months.
On days 1 or 2, most total hip replacement patients are given a walker to stabilize them, and by the third day after the surgery most of them can go home. Short-term recovery also involves getting off major pain killers and having a full night's sleep without pills. The average short-term recovery time for a total hip replacement is 4 to 6 weeks.
It involves the complete healing of surgical wounds and internal soft tissues. When a patient can return to work and daily activities, they are on the way to achieving the full term of recovery. The average long-term recovery for total hip replacement patients is approximately 6 months.
Within the first 6 weeks the physical therapy is very important. Most of the exercises for hip replacement patients can be done at home. Generally speaking, hip replacement patients recover sooner than knee replacement patients, for example, but the recovery time for a total hip replacement can differ vastly from patient to patient.
Your post-surgery activity program should include: a graduated walking program to slowly increase your mobility, initially in your home and later outside; resuming other normal household activities, such as sitting, standing, and climbing stairs; specific exercises several times a day to restore movement and strengthen your hip.
Hip replacement surgery in Mexico
The varying costs of hip replacement include the pre-op tests, hospital fees, surgeon’s fees, anesthesia. In the US you can expect to pay anything between $30,000 and $50,000 or more for total hip replacement. The average cost of the hip replacement in countries like Spain, Columbia, Costa Rica, Belgium, Mexico and India varies between $7,000 and $ 15,000.
Hip replacement surgery in Mexico can channel the expenses into savings of over 60%.
Dr. Max Greig is a surgeon in Puerto Vallarta who performs hip replacement surgery for $13,500 (costs include hospital, implants/prosthesis, medical and administration fees).
The orthopedic procedure is also available at the Hispano Americano Hospital, located in the heart of the medical district of the city of Mexicali, for $12,420.
Mexico, like many other countries with well-developed medical industries, actually requires its surgeons and specialists to undergo far more frequent testing and attendance of continuing education programs to keep their medical license valid for practice than doctors in the USA. This means that many overseas doctors are more up-to-date on the latest medical practices and technology than a lot of their American counterparts. Furthermore, most surgeons in Mexico are highly specialized in their fields and tend to concentrate on a singular discipline or type of operation.
Orthopedic surgeries, including hip replacement, are one of the procedures sought by international patients at medical tourism hospitals. While such procedures are commonly offered in patients’ home health care systems, they may simply be more accessible, affordable, or available elsewhere, which is why the global medical tourism industry has grown significantly in the past decade.
For more information about hip replacement surgery or any other orthopedic procedure abroad, do not hesitate to contact us!