A hip replacement is surgery to replace a damaged hip joint (or joints) with an artificial one. It is indicated when everyday activities such as standing or moving around become impossible due to pain, or through injury.
The hip joints are the largest in the body, and support the upper body when doing pretty much everything from standing, bending, stretching, walking, running and just sitting. In healthy hip joints, the bones are connected to each other lubricated ligaments, which help prevent friction. Hip joints can become damaged either through injury, or some other conditions, including osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis. Many conditions damaged the hips are age-related and usually occur in adults over 60 years old.
If you are having persistent problems, either due to pain or immobility of your hip, with everyday activities, including getting dressed or driving, then you may be a candidate for hip replacement. If you have injured or fractured your hip, a hip replacement may be necessary.
A hip replacement will relieve pain, improve function and help you to move around which will, overall, give you a better quality of life. You must be prepared for some discomfort and to work hard on regaining your mobility after surgery.
Thailand is not just a world center for cosmetic surgery – it has more than its fair share of specialist surgeons across every specialty, and orthopaedic surgery is no exception. Bangkok is the nation’s capital, and so it follows there are more specialist orthopaedic centers here than anywhere else in the country.
With the latest technology, modern, contemporary facilities and skilled surgeons, Bangkok offers patients world-class services, and a commitment to customer care which is often head-and-shoulders above the quality patients receive at home.
Orthopaedic surgeons in Thailand undergo years of rigorous training, just like other surgeons, and have their own professional organization, the Royal College of Orthopaedic Surgeons of Thailand (RCOST), and so there is no need to feel that Thai surgeons are any less qualified.
The cost of hip replacements in Bangkok is the most prevalent reason that patients consider coming here – at around half the cost of the prices at home, patients can save tens of thousands – a substantial sum that more than makes the trip worthwhile.
Cost maybe the overriding factor for making the decision to travel to Bangkok for surgery, but it shouldn’t be the only reason, and patients should do their due diligence to ensure they are seen by trustworthy surgeons at reputable clinics or hospitals.
Booking with Medical Departures gives patients a safety net, in that we have already pre-checked doctors and clinics – confirming qualifications, professional memberships and performing background checks into legal and criminal records. We also pay personal visits to clinics and hospitals, and provide high-definition photos on our website so patients can get a good idea of how they look. With real patient reviews to add that ‘word of mouth’ check that is obviously hard to do when clinics are so far away, we give you the information you need to enable to make your own informed choice.
The surgery usually takes between 1 and 2 hours and may be carried out with a general anesthetic, or an epidural (where the lower body is numbed). The surgeon first makes an incision into the hip and removes the damaged hip joint, replacing it with the artificial, prosthetic one, before closing the incision with stitches.
People recovery at different times, and as the majority of hip replacements are usually carried out in elderly patients, times vary considerably.
You will be encouraged to get up and walk about as soon as you can after surgery – some people even manage it the same day, as moving around quickly helps to reduce swelling and other complications. Initially, there will be discomfort, stiffness, soreness and your legs or feet may be swollen. You may be given antibiotics and medication to prevent blood clots forming.
With the help of walking aids, such as crutches, and physiotherapy, you will gradually improve over the next 4 – 6 weeks. Most people can usually return to normal activities after 2 – 3 months, but it may take up to a year before you feel the full benefit. Be prepared to work on your mobility after surgery and keep up with the exercises recommended to speed your recovery.
Hip replacements in Bangkok cost around AUD $12,000, saving around 50% on the cost in Australia of AUD $25,0000.
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