Looking at a Knee Replacement in Phuket to save thousands on the cost of your treatment? Let us help you find a quality-checked surgeon and clinic to help get you moving again.
A knee replacement is actually a procedure to replace the knee joint with a prosthetic one. Joint replacements are also referred to as arthroscopy, whether it’s a knee, hip or shoulder. Your doctor may have told you that you need a knee replacement if you suffer with arthritis or other joint-related medical problems; you are in significant pain; movement is severely limited and other pain-relief methods, such as physio, medication and arthroscopy have not helped to alleviate your problem.
Old age or trauma to the knee joint may require you to have a knee replacement, although the younger you are the more likely you are to have to have a further replacement as the prosthetic knee only has a lifespan of around 15 years.
The tropical climate is likely to be beneficial for anyone with joint problems, but one of the major considerations for almost everybody is the cost. If you are uninsured then a knee replacement may be totally out-of-reach for you at home with prices ranging between US 35,000 - $50,000 (AUS $50,000 – 70,000). Even if you are insured then your premium may not cover it. If you do have the option of traveling for out-of-network care then your money will go much further in Phuket.
Thailand has been a medical tourism destination for several decades now, and although plastic surgery is one of its most popular services, it also offers good value and high-quality for other medical treatments.
The country has some exceptionally high-quality medical facilities, including a number of Joint Commission International-accredited hospitals, some of which are located in Phuket. Expertise of the medical staff is just as good as you would find at home as medical training is thorough, and with cross-border training many doctors opt to attend overseas institutions for at least part of their training.
Traveling overseas for surgery may seem daunting, but we always advise that you do your own research. Learn what you can about your problem, and the knee replacement procedure. Choose your orthopaedic surgeon with care, and if there is anything you are unsure of, be sure to ask questions, whether it’s from prospective surgeons, or your doctor at home. Remember it is your health at the end of the day, and it’s your opinion that matters.
To give you a good start, the Medical Departures website has details of clinics and surgeons offering knee replacement services. We run our own background checks that include criminal or legal records and confirmation of qualifications and any professional memberships. We visit clinics ourselves, taking high-definition photos that are posted on our site, with real patient reviews. We make sure that when you begin your search for a surgeon that you get off to a good start with the reliable listings on our site, which can help you in whittling down your shortlist.
As you recover from your knee replacement, gazing out across the turquoise Andaman sea, you’ll wonder why you never did it sooner.
The procedure can either be a total knee replacement (TKR) where both joints are replaced, or a partial knee replacement (PKR) when only one is.
The TKR takes longer – up to 3 hours, and the PKR around half the time. Before the procedure commences you will either be given a spinal epidural to numb your body from the waist down, or a general anesthetic.
The damaged knee joints are removed through a small incision made in the knee and the new, prosthetic ones fitted in their place. (You will have been measured-up for these prior to the surgery). A drain may be inserted to drain fluid away from the wound, which is held close with staples or sutures.
After surgery you will feel stiff and uncomfortable, and you may have to rest with your leg in an elevated position to help ease the swelling. You will be encouraged to get mobile as soon as you can as this does help with reducing swelling, so speeding up your recovery. Physiotherapy will usually be commence and you will be given a walking frame or sticks to help you get around. You will be expected to build up your strength and movement with exercises.
It may take a few weeks before you feel comfortable enough to return to your everyday activities, but the motto is that if you feel up to it, then for it. It is likely to be at least a month before you are fit to drive again. Recovery may be a slow process, but keeping up with your exercises and gentle movement will help things enormously. It could be up to 2 years before the complete benefits of your knee surgery are evident.
A Knee replacement in Phuket costs, on average, AUD $14,000 - $20,000 (US $10 – 15,000; UK £7,000 – 10,000 ; EURO €9,000 – 13,000) compared to around AUD $55,000 in Australia (US $40,000; UK £27,000; EURO € 35,0000).
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