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Hip Replacement in South Korea

The Ultimate Guide to Hip Replacement in South Korea

Get a new lease of life with a hip replacement in South Korea. If disease or injury to your hips is stopping you from enjoying life fully and surgery too expensive at home, there is an alternative. Medical Departures has partnered with quality-checked surgeons and hospitals to bring you excellent quality you can trust, at prices a fraction of the cost at home.

Why have a hip replacement in South Korea?

South Korea is well-known for its cosmetic surgery and skin care services – certainly among the people who live in the country. Looking good is important here and it even teenage girls are encourage to have plastic surgery. However, the country offers a full range of medical and surgical services, as well as cosmetic, beauty and oriental medicine – giving international patients a full range of options to care for their health.

Significant investment has been made in promoting South Korea’s medical tourism services – with a Medical Tourism Information Center in Seoul’s international airport arrivals lounge as well as a promotion center in the city center itself.

New facilities are springing up – modern, contemporary and equipped with cutting-edge technology – matching the high-standards that international medical tourists expect. South Korea’s economy has come on in leaps and bounds since the Seoul Olympics in the 1980s and it is far from a poor, third-world country. Its cities are modern with all the services and amenities you would expect to find in any 21st century metropolis.

Overall, South Korea can give its more popular neighbors a run for their money, offering excellent value to western tourists, beautiful countryside including idyllic beaches and a fascinating culture. Crime is relatively low and streets are safe at night as well as during the day giving visitors ample opportunities to explore and enjoy the country without worry.

How long do hip replacements take and how long will I need to stay in South Korea?

Hip replacement operations are reasonably quick to do – only 1 – 2 hours. You will probably need to be in the hospital for up to 4 days, depending on how quick you can start to mobilize yourself after surgery. You will need to be able to get in and out of bed, walk and climb up and down several stairs before you will be considered fit enough to be discharged. You may need to stay in the country for up to a week.

What is the recovery time following a hip replacement?

In the days immediately following surgery you will experience some discomfort, but you will be encouraged to mobilize as soon as you can as this helps to reduce swelling, which ill aid your recovery. The wounds from surgery will need to be kept clean and dry and your surgeon will let you know when showering and/or bathing are acceptable.

Swelling and bruising will start to lessen after a week. You will be given exercises to get you mobile and by keeping yourself moving your hip replacements will soon begin to feel better, although it could be up to a year before you have full mobility.

How much do hip replacements in South Korea cost compared to Australia?

Hip replacements in South Korea are around 50% less than they are in Australia.

What next?

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(Image by: Hajo Schatz)


(Image by: Hajo Schatz)

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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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