Knee Replacement Surgery in India- My Story
“I had a problem of Knee pain for the last 14 years. You know when you suffer from a debilitating condition like this, it completely disrupts your day to day life, you become a slave of your condition. And for a single mother like me, it is all the more difficult. You have to manage your family, children, professional commitments, all when your knees do not allow you to walk without a pain killer! I can’t remember a single night when I had slept without taking a pain killer. Everyone in my office, my family knew about the difficulty I was facing and continuously encouraged me to look for a solution.
Then I got to know about IndiCure and how they helped people looking for affordable and quality treatment abroad. My niece had come to India for her surgery and IndiCure had arranged everything for her. She was all praises for their work, the friendly and caring staff and most importantly the best doctors they choose, keeping your particular condition in mind.
I contacted them and had innumerable questions that they patiently answered. They gave me complete details about the surgeon, the hospital, stay after discharge from the hospital, how to prepare for surgery, everything.
Every minute detail was taken care of, right from picking me at the airport, my surgery, follow-up appointments with experts and my flight back to home.
The best part about coming with them was that you do not feel alone so far away from home. People here are very friendly, you don’t have the fear that you are going to the operation theater, that you don’t know what will happen, people are very kind, they support you on everything. You can’t fear that you are so many miles from home, you can even forget about them. The people here are like a family away from your family! All the doctors did a wonderful job.
I am very healthy, I don’t have any problem. No more pain, no more feeling bad, what not!
These are Ms Renatha Shumbusho’s words before going back, after her knee replacement surgery in India. The glee in her eyes and smile on her face clearly express her happiness after finally being able to live life without pain!
Healthcare in India
Indian healthcare services are considered one of the best in the world and like Renatha, there are thousands of people who visit India every year for their treatment. As per statistics released by World Travel and Tourism Council, India's medical tourism sector was estimated to be worth US$3 billion in October 2015, which is expected to grow to $7–8 billion by 2020. In 2014 alone, 184,298 patients traveled from across the globe to India for their medical treatment.
Conventionally, USA and UK have been the main source countries for patients traveling to India, however of late, patients from Africa, Middle East, Russia etc. have outnumbered these countries. In fact, India became the most favored destination for Russians seeking medical treatment abroad, in the year 2015.
India offers great treatment options for Medical Emergency procedures like Cardiac surgeries, Neurosurgeries, Spine surgeries to elective procedures like Joint Replacements, Cosmetic surgeries, Bariatric procedures, IVF etc.
Success Rate of Knee Replacement in India
Knee Replacement surgery in India is a very popular procedure and is the most commonly performed Joint Replacement surgery. The procedure is generally indicated for patients ranging from 50 to 80 years of age with an average age of about 70 years.
The procedure has an excellent outcome with immediate pain relief, improved mobility, better physical activity levels and a much superior overall quality of life after the surgery. There has also been a significant improvement in the quality of implants, the materials used now have more endurance and are more resistant to wear and tear. With regard to longevity, more than 90% of implants work in an excellent condition 10 years after the surgery and around 85% work well even after 20 years.
The surgery is relatively very safe and does not lead to any major complications. Knee Joint Infection, Blood clots, Osteolysis etc are some of the serious complications possible after the surgery, which occur in less than 1-2% of patients.
Cost of knee replacement surgery in India
The cost of Knee Replacement surgery in India is one of the major reasons why people opt for Knee surgery abroad in India. The average cost for Unilateral or Single Knee Replacement surgery in the US is around US $ 50-60,000, which is more than 10 times of what it costs in India. Even this is not an all-inclusive price as there are additional expenses of inpatient stay, outpatient charges for investigations, physical therapy, follow-up consultations with the surgeon etc. Adding all these costs makes the surgery completely out of budget for people who are uninsured. Even for those who are insured, the deductibles and co-payment themselves make a huge amount.
On the other hand, the total package price for Knee Replacement surgery in India is as less as $ 5000, thus making the surgery in India very affordable. This is so, without any compromise on the quality of implant or surgical technique.
Top Knee Surgeons in India
Indian Surgeons are revered the world over for their surgical skill and expertise. They are extensively trained in India and abroad and have several years of experience behind them in treating simple and complex Knee Replacement procedures. These surgeons are highly deft in using the latest and most advanced technology like Robotic Assisted Surgery, NAV 3 etc., which are very precise techniques for Knee Replacement and gives outstanding surgical outcomes.
Indian surgeons are also adept in performing MIS (Minimally Invasive Surgery) and use muscle sparing techniques, which result in faster recovery and significantly reduced downtime after surgery.
Best Hospital for Knee Replacement Surgery in India
There are few private corporate hospitals in India with state of the art technology and infrastructure which are considered as not only the best hospitals for knee replacement in India but among the best hospitals in the world. They are known for clinical excellence and services at par with the best in the world.
Plan your surgical visit to India
With a reputable medical tourism company like IndiCure to take care of all your requirements, planning your trip to India is as easy as pie. We help you with medical visa, get your queries answered by experts, help you plan your trip, pick you from the airport in India, arrange your accommodation after you are discharged from the hospital, arrange your local transportation in India, arrange translator if you are not fluent in English, drop you back at the airport and everything you need while you are in India.
We keep in touch with you even after you go back to your country to know how you are doing and if you need any help. Please visit our section https://www.indicure.com/step-by-step.htm which lists the easy steps to plan your medical trip to India.
For more information, you can call us at +91 932-003-6777 (India number) or +1 877-270-2448 (US Toll Free) or write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org or talk to us at Skype@ IndiCure