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The Ultimate Guide to Knee Replacement in Costa Rica

Have constant knee problems affected your mobility? Knee replacement in Costa Rica will come to your rescue and get you back on your feet. When you go for your surgery to this Central American country, you can also holiday and recuperate in good surroundings.

When knees get negatively affected by disease or damage, it becomes difficult to walk – and even sitting and standing become painful. When movement is affected your activities of daily life also suffer and it has a negative impact on your general health since you may not be able to exercise.

When you have pain in the knees and restricted movement, you will be on painkillers and exercise as a first step to combat the problem. If the damage gets worse and there are no further options left, then knee replacement is the only choice to regain movement and improve the quality of your life.

Why consider a knee replacement in Costa Rica?

If you have to pay for knee replacement surgery on your own because you do not have medical insurance, your co-pay is too high or there is a long waiting list in your country, it can be prohibitively expensive. Getting it done in Costa Rica with its excellent medical facilities will be lighter on your pocket. In fact, the country has three JCI accredited hospitals in different parts, testifying to the quality of medical care available. Costa Rica sees thousands of medical tourists who come to its shores for the care and quality and pricing of medical treatments.

You also get to have a holiday in this beautiful country that is famous for its biodiversity, moderate climate, high standard of education and the fact that it is high on the world happiness index. If you can travel, there are many places you can go to since it is a famous eco-tourism destination. If you are not in a position to travel then you can choose to go to a recovery retreat post your surgery, where you will be well taken care of by well-trained staff.

You can choose to have your surgery at San Jose, Santa Ana, Tibas, Liberia or Escazu. These are serviced by two international airports and from the U.S. and Canada the flights are not very long and if you are resident of either of these countries (and many others) you may not need a visa as long as you have a return ticket or an onward journey ticket.

All these reasons will go a long way in making Costa Rica a great choice for your knee replacement surgery.

Why book with Medical Departures?

When you are driven by cost savings to seek treatment in a foreign country, then you want to be safe. For extra safety, you should book through Medical Departures. We verify that all the doctors listed on our website are qualified and experienced and have the right accreditations so that your surgery goes well. This greatly minimizes your risk. We offer the best price guarantee. And we check the amenities and ambiance at the medical centers to make sure they meet international standards.

How long does knee replacement take and what is the downtime associated with it?

While most people get one knee operated at a time if both knees are damaged then doctors may recommend an operation on both simultaneously as you will only have to go through one recovery time. The time taken for the procedure will also depend on whether you are having partial or total knee replacement and can take between 45 minutes to three hours.

As this is major surgery, it is usually done under general anesthesia and you will have to stay for two to three nights in hospital. After the damaged parts are removed and the artificial joints put in, the incisions will be closed with staples or sutures.

You will be on intravenous fluids and medicines during and post surgery. While you can expect pain, this will be mitigated with pain killers. You will also be starting some movement while in bed. You can expect a downtime of four to six weeks. You have to follow a strict regimen of physiotherapy so that you can be mobile. Complete recovery can take more than six months 

What is the cost of knee replacement in Costa Rica?

Knee replacement in the U.S. will cost you an average of US$40,000 (CAD 56,491, £34,250, €37,946, AUD 55,000 (NZD 57,808). In Costa Rica you can expect to pay around 50% of the cost.

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This article is meant for information purposes only and is not intended to be medical advice or instructions for medical diagnosis or treatment. Please consult with your doctor or a qualified medical professional before starting or changing medical treatment.

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