Hip Replacement in Costa Rica

The Ultimate Guide to Hip Replacement in Costa Rica

Last fact-checked: 3 February 2020

If you have mobility issues due to damaged hips then a hip replacement in Costa Rica can help change your life. Not only is the surgery much more affordable, but you can also have a vacation in this beautiful Latin American country and still save a substantial sum.

Why Would I Need a Hip Replacement?

Whether your hip is damaged due to disease, accident or any kind of trauma and you have exhausted all kinds of conventional treatments including painkillers, steroids and physiotherapy, a hip replacement is the only thing that stands between you and a more active, pain-free life.

For senior citizens, hip replacement can restore independence, including improving the quality of daily life. For younger people whose hips have been damaged by disease or an accident, this surgery will enable them to lead a normal life again. 

Why Should I Consider a Hip Replacement in Costa Rica?

A 2015 MTA Medical Tourism Patient Survey found that 65% of patients participating in medical travel are not covered by insurance. If you do not have any form of medical insurance, if your co-pay or out of pocket expenses will be too high or there is a long waiting list for the surgery, you can get it done at a much more affordable price in another country.

Costa Rica is one of the prime medical tourism destinations, attracting tourists from all over the globe, especially the US and Canada since the flights are relatively short and inexpensive. The country has two international airports, Juan Santamaria Airport near San Jose and Daniel Oduber airport in Liberia. 

It also has fantastic medical centers with experienced doctors and surgeons; many have done their specialized training in western countries.

The country is a stunning vacation destination with a wide variety of natural fauna and flora, forest reserves, waterfalls, unique and exotic species of wildlife and adventure sports, and also has a moderate year-round climate. 

You’ll find plenty of surgical recovery retreats in Costa Rica at which you can recuperate from surgery, especially as it will be some time before you are properly back on your feet following hip replacement surgery. These retreats are well-planned, all your needs are taken care of by trained medical staff and you can also take their private transportation to the clinic or hospital for your post-surgery medical appointments and follow-up care. These retreats are found in the country’s popular medical tourism destinations including San Jose, the capital, and Santa Ana among others.

All of these reasons make Costa Rica an attractive medical tourism destination for your hip replacement surgery.

Why Book with Medical Departures?

While it’s relatively simple to find a clinic or hospital in Costa Rica offering hip replacement surgery for a low price, finding one that you can have total confidence in terms of quality and reputation is not so easy. 

This is where Medical Departures helps. As well as offering a Best Price Guarantee, booking with us provides an extra layer of safety as all of the medical facilities you see listed on our site have been fully background checked. We verify that they have the right experience, qualifications and professional memberships, such as with the International Association of Orthopedists. We also personally visit the clinics and hospitals to see if their standards live up to their claims. 

How Long Does Hip Replacement Surgery Take and What Is the Estimated Recovery Time?

Hip replacement surgery can be carried out in different ways and the exact technique largely depends on the type of damage to your hips. You may need resurfacing, you may need different kinds of prostheses and depending on that, the damaged parts will have to be removed and the artificial joints put in their place. You may have cemented or uncemented joints put in and the hip replacement may be total or partial. 

The surgery, too, can be quite invasive or minimally invasive—all these aspects totally depend on your medical condition, the damage that needs to be rectified and even your age. 

In general, the surgery takes between one and two hours but this may be more. 

After, you will need to spend at least one or two days in the hospital, and you will be encouraged to start exercises in bed the very next day to strengthen the muscles. You will have bandages and drains and need antibiotics. It is important that you take good care and follow all post-surgery medical advice so that you can make a successful recovery. You will need to take painkillers to take care of the pain after surgery.

It is vital that you continue physiotherapy as advised as this is what will help improve your mobility over the following months. You can expect at least six weeks of downtime and complete recovery can take three to six months.

What Is the Cost of Hip Replacement Surgery? 

Hip replacement in the U.S. will cost you an average of US$24,500 (CAD 32,865, £20,030 €22,335, AUD 32,000, NZD 34,208). You will pay a fraction of this price in Costa Rica, with our patients paying up to 70% less on procedures like this. This equates to savings of thousands even after taking into consideration all of your flight, accommodation and post-surgery care expenses. 

[Please note: these prices are approximate estimates based on international data, calculated at the time of writing.]

Getting Started

Cut medical dental bills in half (or even one-third) when you book with Medical Departures. Our Customer Care Team is available 24/7 to assist you with any questions about hip replacements in Costa Rica. 

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Ishidou, Y et al. Osteoarthritis of the hip joint in elderly patients is most commonly atrophic, with low parameters of acetabular dysplasia and possible involvement of osteoporosis. March 2017. 
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