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Hip Replacement in Chiang Mai

The Ultimate Guide to Hip Replacement in Chiang Mai

Getting your hip replacement in Chiang Mai can save you thousands compared to the prices that you would be expected to pay back home. And you will be delighted with the quality of service and results that are delivered, meaning that you can invest the savings that you make from your treatment on the holiday of a lifetime in one of the world’s most popular tourist destinations.

Why have a hip replacement in Chiang Mai?

Basically, the fact that you can save around 50% on your hip replacement surgery is incentive enough for most patients to travel to Chiang Mai for their treatment. 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 with organizations such as the International Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons 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.

How long does a hip replacement procedure take and what is involved?

A hip replacement operation generally takes between 1-2 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).

What is the recovery time for a hip replacement procedure?

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 between 1-4 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 2-3 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.

What is the cost of a hip replacement in Chiang Mai?

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 compared to AUD $12,000 (US $9,150, CAD $12,050, GBP £7,200 or Euros 8,200) in Chiang Mai.

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This article is meant for information purposes only and is not intended to be medical advice or instructions for medical diagnosis or treatment. Please consult with your doctor or a qualified medical professional before starting or changing medical treatment.

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