Last fact-checked: 14 March 2020
Having your hip replaced in Chiang Mai can save you thousands compared to what you'd expect to pay back home in countries like the US, Australia and privately in the UK.
Take advantage of the professionalism of Thailand's world-class surgeons coupled with low prices - all while enjoying a holiday-of-a (more painless)-lifetime in one of Southeast Asia's top tourist destinations.
The fact that you can save at least 50% on your hip replacement surgery is incentive enough for most patients to travel to Chiang Mai for their treatment. Half off this normally expensive surgery normally equates to savings of thousands.
However, there is the train of thought that adheres to the “you get what you pay for” mentality, suggesting that the treatments available in Chiang Mai are going to be somehow inferior to that which you would expect to receive by paying top dollar back home.
Nothing could be further from the truth. Medical tourism is big business in Thailand, and competition is rife amongst local facilities to provide a top-class service to a growing number of international patients looking to enjoy an exotic vacation whilst taking advantage of the low cost, superior medical treatments that are widely available.
This is where Medical Departures can help you get the very best hip replacement surgery at a fraction of the cost that you would pay domestically. The most important decision that you will make when undertaking a hip replacement is the doctor and surgery that you will trust to perform this vital and life-changing surgery. That is why we only endorse facilities and surgeons that meet certain criteria. We carry out checks to ensure that qualifications and professional memberships/affiliations with organizations, such as with the International Association of Orthopedists, are legitimate. We also make site visits and conduct patient reviews, and all of this information is published on our website for you to peruse free of charge in order to help you decide which clinic is the best fit for your needs.
By choosing to undergo your treatment in Chiang Mai, not only will you receive first-class medical treatment, but you can also experience the trip of a lifetime where you will experience a unique blend of history and culture in a tropical, paradise-like environment that is unlike anywhere else you have seen back home.
Get started by taking a look at Chiangmai Ram Hospital (Medical), one of our top partner facilities in Chiang Mai that offers affordable hip replacement surgery for international patients.
A hip replacement operation generally takes between one and two hours to perform. Patients are usually placed under a general anesthetic, although an epidural may be used that numbs the whole of the lower body and allows the patient to remain conscious, but pain-free, throughout the whole procedure.
The operation itself involves making a small incision in the hip that enables the surgeon to replace the damaged hip with a prosthetic joint and then seal the wound with stitches. Depending upon the extent of hip damage, this process can involve replacing the acetabulum (hip socket) and/or the femoral head (the upper end of the thigh bone).
As most hip replacement surgeries are performed on elderly people, it’s difficult to give a precise recovery time as everyone heals at a different rate. Generally speaking, the quicker you get active after your operation, the quicker you will attain full functionality from your new hip. Some patients are able to achieve mobility on the same day as their surgery but, whatever your individual time frame is, you will undoubtedly experience a degree of discomfort, pain, swelling and stiffness that could well extend into your legs and feet.
In the short-term, you will be able to eat and drink normally, use the bathroom, navigate short flights of stairs and perform a range of physiotherapies designed to speed up your recovery. You will generally be discharged from hospital one or two days after surgery with an appropriate walking aid such as crutches or a walker (zimmer frame).
Long-term recovery involves the healing of any soft tissue damage and surgical wounds experienced as a result of your surgery. Within two or three months you should be able to go about your normal daily activities, although it could take as long as 12 months before you experience the full benefit of your new prosthetic joint.
As a guideline, you are looking at spending around AUD $25,0000 (US $19,050, CAD $25,100, GBP £15,000 or Euros 17,000) in Australia for a hip replacement.
This can be compared to just AUD $12,000 (US $9,150, CAD $12,050, GBP £7,200 or Euros 8,200) in Chiang Mai.
[Please note: these prices are approximate estimates based on international data, calculated at the time of writing.]
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