We understand the challenges that a total hip replacement surgery can pose for an individual living in a developed nation where one has to consider the exorbitant costs of the surgery, which may appear as a financial burden; the logistical hardships of living alone without any physical support, and the emotional upheaval it carries. Or someone living in a developing country where modern and advanced surgical procedures are not available. In such circumstances, opting for cost-effective surgical options abroad becomes a prudent decision, with hip replacement surgery in India being one viable choice.
In this blog, we will understand what hip replacement is and what is the cost of hip replacement surgery in India. We will also delve into an entusiastic total hip replacement surgery review abroad of our recent patient guest Ms. Bhiri Elijah from Zimbabwe, which will help us understand why India is the best destination for hip replacement surgery abroad.
What exactly is Hip replacement surgery and when is it needed?
Reasons for recommending the surgery may include persistent hip pain hindering daily activities, discomfort while resting, stiffness affecting leg movement, and inadequate relief from medications, therapy, or walking aids. Tasks like walking or sitting can become uncomfortable and challenging if your hip is affected by arthritis, fractures, or other disorders, leading to stiffness and discomfort, even during sleep.
As for the procedure itself, hip replacement surgery typically lasts two hours and is performed under general anesthesia. The steps involve making an incision on the front/ side or back of the hip, depending on the approach being used; removing, and replacing the upper part of the thigh bone with an implant, stabilizing it through cementing or other methods, and smoothing and preparing the hip joint to receive the socket or acetabulum component.
In cases of both hip replacements, also known as bilateral hip replacement, both hip joints are replaced with artificial parts, two types exist: staged and simultaneous. Staged involves two separate surgeries, while simultaneous surgery combines both hip replacements in a single procedure. The surgery does carry some risks, necessitating preparation and a recovery period to minimize these risks.
The decision to undergo hip replacement surgery should be a collaborative effort involving you, your family, your primary care physician, and your orthopedic surgeon.
Notably, there are no age or weight restrictions for candidates undergoing hip replacement surgery. The decision is based on a patient's level of discomfort and disability rather than their age. While most patients receiving total hip replacements are between 50 and 80 years old, individual assessments are made by orthopedic surgeons. Successful hip replacements have been performed on patients of various ages, from teenagers with juvenile arthritis to the elderly with degenerative arthritis.
What is the cost of hip replacement surgery in India?
The cost for a single hip replacement surgery begins at approximately US $6000, while bilateral hip replacement surgery starts from US $9900. This stands in stark contrast to countries like the USA, where the expense for a single hip replacement can soar to around US $45,000, US $28,000 in Canada, and US $25,000 in Australia. India emerges as an exceptionally cost-effective option for hip replacement surgeries, providing quality healthcare at significantly lower prices.
What's it like to get a hip replacement in India as a foreigner?
What stronger evidence exists than the testimonial of an individual who underwent bilateral hip replacement surgery in India?
Ms. Bhiri, a Zimbabwean lady recently came to India with her husband through Indicure Health Tours for her bilateral hip replacement surgery. Before undergoing this surgery, Ms. Bhiri faced twelve years of immobility, relying on a wheelchair. However, following the procedure, she not only regains the ability to walk but also looks forward to resuming her previous lifestyle, unaffected by the hip joint issues that had disrupted her life.
Before flying back to her home country, she happily shared her reviews of her hip replacement surgery abroad, where she is seen encouraging more people like her to come to India for their medical treatment. Let us now delve into Ms. Bhiri's thoughts and experiences shared in this total hip replacement surgery review abroad -
'For the past twelve years, I have been reliant on a wheelchair. Upon learning about the reputed doctors in India, my daughter conducted online research. Consequently, I arrived in India on November 2nd for a bilateral hip replacement.
I am now in good health, and I express my gratitude to IndiCure for their attentive care since our arrival. The doctors at the hospital are not only skilled but also kind and compassionate. The level of care and warmth I have experienced here is unparalleled.
I sincerely thank everyone involved. As I return to Zimbabwe, I will share my positive impressions of the medical care and personal attention I received in India. Many thanks, and may God bless you all.'
Delighted by the success of his wife's bilateral hip replacement surgery, her husband obliged us by sharing his thoughts in this total hip replacement surgery review abroad. He expresses joy at the prospect of surprising their family and friends with Ms. Bhiri's ability to walk again upon their return home. In the total hip replacement surgery review abroad, he highlights -
'My wife and I travelled to Mumbai seeking a solution for her hip problem, which had persisted for twelve years. The decision to come here was prompted by someone who recommended the option. Since our arrival, the people we have encountered, particularly the doctors, have left us exceedingly pleased.
I am genuinely grateful for the exceptional care and the successful hip replacement procedure they performed on my wife. As promised, she is now able to inspire others facing similar issues to consider seeking treatment here in Mumbai.
Whether it is hip surgeries or other medical concerns, the doctors and staff are ready to extend their assistance. A heartfelt thank you for the support and expertise provided. Thank you very much indeed.'
A word from IndiCure Health Tours
Numerous patients, including individuals like Ms. Bhiri from Zimbabwe, and Ms. Landa Watson from America who came to India for her single hip replacement, and more from over 50 other countries, have chosen India as their destination and IndiCure as their trusted medical tourism partner for various orthopedic procedures such as knee replacement, knee arthroscopy, shoulder replacements, and more. IndiCure has been a privileged partner and has played a significant role in facilitating these transformative medical journeys.
Operating as a medical tourism facilitator, the company's reputation is founded on their dedicated commitment to understanding patient requirements and delivering high-quality solutions as seasoned medical tourism consultants. IndiCure collaborates only with the best orthopedic hospitals in India, boasting accreditation from reputable bodies like the Joint Commission International (JCI), the National Accreditation Board of Hospitals (NABH), and the International Services Organization (ISO), ensuring adherence to stringent international standards.
The team comprises of most skilled and experienced orthopedic surgeons, each with over two decades of experience in their respective fields. These specialists are qualified members of medical boards in India, the USA, the UK, Australia, and France.
If you or any of your dear ones need an affordable hip replacement abroad, feel free to reach out to I, and embark on the transformative medical journey you have been seeking, and that too with our affordable joint surgery packages.