Total Hip replacement surgery in India
Hip replacement is the second most commonly performed joint replacement surgery after knee replacement. Because the cost of total hip replacement in India is much affordable as compared to Western countries, lot of people from across the world prefer to get their total hip replacement surgery in India leading to phenomenon known as medical tourism hip replacement. Not only the cost of total hip replacement in India is a fraction of the cost of hip replacement in US, many Indian surgeons are American Board certified and are well experienced, the hospitals are as good as in USA, leading to a huge demand for medical tourism hip replacement.
Some of the salient features of joint replacement hospitals in India are:
- Operation theatres built according to International specifications using ultra-clean laminar air flow system, for best standards of infection control.
- Computer Navigation System
- High Definition Cameras
- Advanced Diagnostics and Support Infrastructure - 256 slice CT , High end MRI, PET scan
- Best quality prosthesis and implants
- Super specialized rehabilitation services, including physiotherapy, occupational therapy, hydrotherapy and other disciplines, which help the patient have a smooth journey post their joint replacement surgery and also helps them to return back to normal activity at the earliest after the surgery.
The cost of total hip replacement in India starts from USD 6000 and varies depending upon the type of implant, your medical condition, surgeon, facility and the city where you choose to get the treatment done.
There is absolutely no catch. The cost of hip replacement surgery in India and for that matter, medical treatment in India is much less because of the following reasons:
Low cost of endowment in India - Qualified doctors, surgeons, nursing staff, lower investments costs, subsidies by government to private healthcare sector are more as compared to other countries
An exchange rate regime, which is favourable to India (indicative rates only, may not be currently applicable)
1 USD= 60 Indian rupees
1 GBP= 80 Indian rupees
1 Euro= 66 Indian rupees
The first step is to send us your medical history, X-ray and other medical reports for the surgeon's evaluation. You can send these details to firstname.lastname@example.org . You would be assigned a case manager who shall get back to you with the surgeon's opinion, cost and other necessary details. For more information, please visit our Step-by-step guide
Your case manager would share the surgeon's opinion as is, his or her detailed profile, details about the hospital where your surgery shall be done, type of implant and other necessary details. You can also choose to speak with the surgeon over phone or have a video consult with the surgeon. We make sure you get the best quality treatment and best possible results for your surgery in India. To answer more on Medical Tourism related questions read our General FAQs sections.
If other therapies, such as pain medications, exercises, physiotherapy have failed, hip replacement is usually the answer. If you experience severe pain, loss of motion or deformity of the hip joint, it is better to get hip replacement surgery done. Hip replacement surgery is also done in people suffering from rheumatoid arthritis, some form of hip injuries, bone tumour or bone loss due to insufficient blood supply, which is medically known as avascular necrosis of the hip joint.
There is no right or ideal age to get the hip replacement done. If you cannot bear pain any more and the other options are not working, you can get your hip replaced irrespective of your age. The average age of hip joint replacement patient is around 60 years old; however patients of all ages have received hip implants.
THR used to be an option mainly for adults after 60. But improvements in technology has made implants or artificial joints that last for life. Besides these implants allow young people to lead an active life even after hip replacement.
The surgery takes approximately 1-3 hours, depending on the condition of your hip at the time of surgery
The rehabilitation will begin the next day after the surgery at the hospital itself. Your physical therapist will do a number of exercises to regain your strength and range of motion. You should continue to exercise until your muscles are pain-free and you can walk without a limp. It is a good idea to continue your exercises as a lifetime commitment to keep your muscles strong.
This varies with each person. Most of the people use a walker for about one- two weeks after the surgery and increase their activities slowly. Most people can drive a car, play golf, or go bowling in about ten - twelve weeks.
The materials used for total hip replacement arthroplasty include titanium, cobalt chrome, and polyethylene. To date, there is little evidence suggesting any allergic reaction to these materials.
Yes, you can. But how soon can you do it, depends on your comfort level. It is generally uncomfortable to sleep on the side of operation for few weeks after the surgery. If you do need to sleep on the operation side, keep pillows between your legs. It shall make the hip stable and shall be more comfortable for you than otherwise.
Active sports should not be resumed for at least 8 weeks after the surgery. You should start slow with short sessions and then slowly increase the activity level as tolerated by your body. Consult your surgeon before you start with active games.
This is a very individualistic and impossible to say if you can drive after the surgery and when to begin driving. Although it is safe for your hip if you drive after about 8 weeks. There are few important criteria that must be met for patient to drive safely.
You should be off narcotic pain drugs, be able to get in and out of the driver's seat comfortably and must have regained the strengths in your muscles. Which side has been operated upon is another deciding factor. Use of right leg is more in driving and thus people with right hip replaced take longer before they can start driving. You can sit with an expert driver and test if you can comfortably drive before you start all on your own.
This depends upon your comfort level. You can resume sexual activities when your hip is comfortable enough to allow it. You should avoid positions that put too much stress on the hip joints. You can consult therapist for it.
Yes, they usually do. The hospital shall provide you with the letter stating that you have a metal prosthesis fixed inside your hip which shall help you clearing through the security checks without facing any problems. You should reach the airport little early to avoid any inconvenience.
The life of your new hip joint shall depend upon your physical condition, activity level, and weight. We use FDA approved best implants in the world which have shown to have a life of 35 years in laboratory settings. In real life as well, the implants have shown to last for 30 years or more if taken care properly.
This is a gradual process which may take anywhere between 6 weeks to 6 months.