Last fact-checked: 27 July 2020
Looking to save money on knee replacement surgery? In Johor Bahru, Malaysia you can save thousands on the cost of your surgery and take some time out to explore this stunning country before treatment.
Being unable to get around due to stiffness, pain and discomfort is no joke. A knee replacement can give you a renewed zest for life, enabling you to do so many things you haven’t been able to do for a while.
Discover how you can save thousands—even after your round-trip expenses—when booking through Medical Departures.
This far-flung destination is at the southern tip of the Malaysian peninsula, overlooking the Strait of Johor and just across the water from Singapore, which is a mere taxi ride away over the causeway. The location is inevitably very popular with Singapore residents, who travel here often, primarily for the lower prices.
As a medical tourist, one of the best ways to reach Johor Bahru is to fly directly into Singapore’s award-winning Changi International Airport and then get the train over the border. Visitors can also fly or drive from Kuala Lumpur, the Malaysian capital.
The city is one of the fastest-developing in the country and has many attractions for urbanites—from fabulous hotels, restaurants, bars and nightlife to recreational facilities, including the recreational waterfront at Danga Bay and a few top golf courses.
It’s a good destination to use as a base for visiting a little farther afield too, and there’s some lovely countryside, which may be particularly appealing if you are a lover of wildlife—Malaysia is one of only 17 megadiverse countries in the world and is home to many unique species.
In general, the answer here is a firm yes—but not all are up to standard and this is exactly why it always pays to do your research before you book. Malaysia has some excellent hospitals and those that cater to medical tourists are particularly good. They tend to be contemporary and equipped with the latest technologies.
Medical staff is well-trained and because Malaysia was once a British colony, a good deal of Malaysia’s medical staff do undertake at least part of their training in the UK, and may well be accredited with the Royal College of Surgeons of England or Edinburgh, in Scotland.
One of the main reasons you may be tempted by Johor Bahru for your knee replacement is, of course, the price—and you will save thousands by making the trip here for what is a reasonably routine operation.
Medical Departures can help you find quality-checked clinics that you can trust. We’ve already done our own background checks and only partner with facilities we’re comfortable with ourselves. Our checks include onsite visits, collecting patient reviews, verifying qualifications, confirming professional memberships and looking for legal or criminal records.
When you book with us, you know the basics are already covered. Now all you need to do is check out our listings, browse through clinic photos, compare prices and book your appointment to secure the best price available online.
Knee replacements are either partial knee replacements (PKR) or total (TKR). The one most suitable for you will depend on the extent of disease or damage to your knee joint. The TKR replaces both sides of the joint, but only one side is replaced in the PKR.
The surgery lasts for up to three hours and is usually carried out with either a spinal epidural (so that you are awake but feel nothing from the waist down) or under general anesthetic. Before your surgery, your surgeon will have already taken the measurements for the artificial joint which will simply replace the worn bone ends.
Expect swelling, bruising and some discomfort after surgery and a hospital stay of at least two days. You will be encouraged to get up and about as soon as you can as this reduces swelling. You will be given walking aids, like a frame or walking sticks. A physiotherapist will advise you on what exercises to do to strengthen your knee and improve mobility.
Improvement may seem slow but if you keep up with your exercises things will gradually improve. You should be able to drive again after around a month, or when you feel you can control the car well. It could take up to two years before you will have the full benefit of your knee replacement.
Do remember to seek your surgeon’s advice as to when you will be able to fly back home. It may be worth purchasing tickets with flexible return dates in case you need to stay a little longer.
It is possible to save well over AUD$ 10,000 on this surgery, making it one of the most cost-effective procedures to have carried abroad.
Knee replacement surgery in Johor Bahru costs, on average, AUD $14,000 (NZ $14,500; US $10,000; CAD $13,300, GBP 8,000, Euros €9,100). This is compared to $32,000 (NZ $33,000; US $24,000; CAD $32,000, GBP £19,000, Euros €22,000) in Australia.
[Please note: these prices are approximate estimates based on international data, calculated at the time of writing.]
Get started now by looking at Gleneagles Hospital - Medini, one of our partner hospitals in Johor Bahru that carries out knee replacement surgery. Browse down to see price estimates and the various ways to book your appointment through our secure site.
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