Friday, June 9, 2017

Knee Replacement surgery in India- My Journey from Pain to Power

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!
I am very good, I am very happy. I am going back home nicely and am very satisfied.”




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.

Medical Tourism to India

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  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 or talk to us at Skype@ IndiCure

Friday, May 5, 2017

Why Australians are now preferring India over Thailand for plastic surgery abroad?

Many countries offer great deals for people seeking cosmetic surgery abroad, but the most popular destinations are Asian countries; of which Thailand, India and Singapore top the charts. These countries offer complete package for cosmetic surgery including hospital stay and post surgery hotel stay, travel and tourism, recuperation and rejuvenation options.

Medical tourism to Asia is quite popular among patients from United States of America, United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand etc. The main benefit to patients from these Western countries is that high end medical treatments are available in Asian countries at much lower rates. The most popular procedures amongst medical tourists are cosmetic procedures like face lift, eye lift, brow lift, thigh lift, lip implants, tummy tuck, hair transplant, weight loss surgery- gastric sleeve surgery, nose job- rhinoplasty.

Why India is fast becoming popular Medical Tourism Destination

1.    Cost Savings- The costof plastic surgery in India is much less as compared to most other medical tourism destinations. Take for example, the plastic surgery cost for a facelift in Thailand is around $4,000-$5,500, whereas in India it is $2900 and in Australia the same would cost around $15,000.  

A tummy tuck in Australia costs around $12,000-14,000, whereas in Thailand it costs between $5,000 and $6,500; while in India the average price is $3000. Similarly, it is seen in various other procedures that India offers high quality medical care and expertise at much lower rates.

2.     Reputation of Indian Surgeons- Indian surgeons are renowned the world over for their skills and expertise. It is worth noting that one in every ten doctors in US is an Indian. Though Indians make only 1% of US population, more than 12% of doctors are Indians. There is thus a high probability that you would get operated by an Indian doctor even if you get your surgery done in these countries. So, for more and more patients, it makes sense to get operated by an Indian doctor in India where it costs much less.  

3.     Medical Facilities in India- Medical facilities in India are at par with those in the U.S. Most private hospitals in India are well equipped with sophisticated instruments and laboratories. Medical tourism hospitals in India are JCI accredited and offer specialized services and attention to medical tourists for their complete comfort.   

4.      No language barrier- Unlike most other medical tourism destinations where language can be a barrier in communication, there is no such problem with India. All doctors and healthcare professionals in India understand and speak fluent English. In fact, English is the second official language of the country.

5.     No Waiting time- Furthermore, patients have to wait for longer before they can be scheduled for a surgery in foreign countries which is not the case in Asian countries, especially in India where international patients are given priority treatment.

6.     Incredible India- There is no country in the world as rich in cultural and natural heritage as India. People from West are amazed to see how people from different religions, faiths, communities, languages and cultures all stay together in one country. Medical tourism to India means witnessing the most unique country in the whole world.

7.     Wellness Tourism-   People coming to India usually combine their cosmetic surgery trip with a visit to a natural resort for rejuvenating their mind, heart and soul.  Yoga, Ayurveda are very unique to India, which no other country in the world offers.

Above mentioned are few of the reasons why many Australians, Amerians, British and Canadians and people from all over the world are preferring India over any other medical tourist destination.

For a hassle free trip to India, you can contact IndiCure- the most trustworthy medical tourism company in India. We provide complete arrangements for your medical tourism to India. 

For more information, write to us at or call us at +91- 932-003-6777 or +1-877-270-2448 (US Toll Free) or talk to us at Skype @ Indicure

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Deciding the Best Bariatric Surgeon in India for your surgery

Obesity is a burning issue in many countries today. The main culprits behind this epidemic are junk food, lack of exercise, and a generally unhealthy lifestyle. Obesity leads to various physical and mental health problems; which if not treated, could lead to various other serious ailments and sometimes even death.

Some individuals cannot maintain a healthy weight despite putting in a lot of effort, due to underlying medical conditions. For all such people, the medical field has come up with the solution of bariatric surgery.

Bariatric Surgery is the process where the natural anatomy of the gastrointestinal tract is modified such that it prevents much food intake and calories absorption by the body and assists in the process of weight loss.

Bariatric surgery is a major surgery and involves rerouting of the GI tract. Hence, it is very important to ensure that you are choosing the best surgeon; one who is highly qualified and experienced and understands your specific weight loss needs. 

How to select the Best Surgeon for your Bariatric Surgery in India

The first and foremost is to make sure that your doctor has all the credentials needed to perform this surgery. In order to be a Bariatric (Obesity) Surgeon in India, he/she should have following qualifications:

      Compulsory- Masters of Science (MS) in General Surgery
      And Master of Surgery (MCh) in Obesity/ Laparoscopic Surgery

Additionally- DNB/FRCS/MRCS from International Colleges and Hospitals

-International Fellowship and Training Programs
- Have publications in reputed scientific and medical journals

Trusting your surgeon is important because you are putting your life and well being in his/her hand. 

Apart from these academic credentials, you must also consider following things when selecting your bariatric surgeon so you can place your faith entirely in his decision and actions:

      Clinical Experience is of utmost importance while gauging any doctor’s credibility. When you are determining a bariatric surgeon’s expertise, it is important to note that the surgeon should be performing at least 100 bariatric surgeries in a year’s span.

      He/she should have knowledge about different procedures options that are available for bariatric surgery. After examining you and determining your needs, there are various procedures that can be performed for e.g. gastric sleeve is done so that the patient feels less hungry and full sooner while eating, gastric bypass makes you feel full sooner while eating and absorbs fewer calories, likewise there are other procedures like duodenal switch, lap-band etc. Hence, it is also important to know how many types of procedures the surgeon can perform so that he can objectively suggest the best possible procedure and individual prejudice can be avoided.

      It is equally important that the doctor has a great para-medical team which helps the patient in postoperative recovery because surgery is just the stepping stone towards the entire journey of weight loss.

      The institute where the surgeon will perform the surgery should be well equipped with modern technology and adequate amenities for a quick recovery. Once the surgery is performed, each and every patient has different requirements based on the surgery performed; hence supporting staff of the doctor is extremely important.

      It is crucial to select a surgeon who understands your concerns, is able to answer your queries and can put you at complete ease.

How can a medical tourism company help in making your decision

A good medical tourism company would not only assist you in finding the right bariatric surgeon but provide you with all the support you would need during your medical sojourn. Here’s how a professional and reputed medical tourism company can help you in different ways:

      Once you select a professional company like IndiCure to assist you, you have access to all information regarding different destinations, hospitals, procedures, and services at one location, instead of contacting each hospital on your own one by one. This saves a ton of time and energy, not to mention money. You can even visit IndiCure’s website and request a price estimate for a particular procedure from various hospitals or clinics, and based on this estimate you can decide on which provider meets your needs and fits your budget too. Furthermore, once you have zeroed on your surgeon, it is our job to take care of all the travel logistics such as visa, flights, lodging, local transportation, hotel stay, and the appointments with the doctor, etc.

      Our experts have already done the groundwork for you, making sure that the hospital and doctor selected by you are duly accredited and licensed. We visit the hospitals and physicians in order to make the entire process easier and safer.

      It can be challenging to contact hospitals due to time zone differences, language barriers, and cultural differences. IndiCure can come to your rescue as we have a strong healthcare network and a tried and true process in place with the hospitals. As relationships and systems are already in place, it is easier to transfer a patient’s medical records like large image files including CTs and MRIs.

Why choose IndiCure for your Bariatric Surgery in India

There are numerous companies providing most of the above-mentioned facilities, therefore it is important that you select a company that offers something more, making your visit to the country worthwhile.
·         IndiCure is a pioneer in facilitating medical vacations in India, which are not only as well planned as your surgery, but truly relaxing and comforting in nature.
·        IndiCure was founded in 2005 and since over a decade now provides economical, safe and quality surgical interventions in India to patients from all over the world.
·        IndiCure makes sure that you get only the best of the surgeons and top  hospitals in India and is known for the exceptional value we provide to our clients. We offer a variety of combo packages so that the clients can select the best option suiting their needs. It is one of the most trusted healthcare tourism agency in India and has earned many prestigious accolades and nominations over the years.

Our motto is to provide great service and hospitality to each and every patient and make the entire journey a great experience. Furthermore, depending on your health condition, we even provide customized vacations post surgery. Professionals at IndiCure take care of all your needs and strive hard to provide you with all comforts, making it the foremost choice for your bariatric surgery in India.   

Friday, January 13, 2017

How long do Knee Implants last?

Knee implants or replacement of knee joint is the most commonly performed joint replacement surgeries. 

Statistics show that in the United States alone more than 600,000 knee replacements are done each year. Because of increasing obese and aging population, demand for joint replacement is on an ever rise and is expected to cross 3 million by 2030. 

Why Knee replacement?

Knee replacement is the most effective treatment for conditions like severe knee arthritis, osteonecrosis or knee injuries that make weight bearing on the knee joint unbearable making it extremely difficult for the person to perform even day to day activities. 

Knee replacement is done to improve the condition and give more decades of functioning to the knee joint.

It is a surgical procedure in which only the worn out part (partial knee replacement) or the whole of the knee joint (total knee replacement) is replaced with an artificially made implant.  

What are Knee Implants made of?

Knee replacement implants are generally made of metal (titanium or cobalt-chromium based alloys) or ceramic and plastic (polyethylene).

How long do Knee Replacement Last?

Some of the recent studies on long-term outcomes of knee implants have found that the implants function well even after 15-20 years and have greatly improved the quality of life in around 85-90% of the patients. 

Approximately 90-95% of the knee implants last for about 10 years while 80-85% are good even after 20+ years of the surgery. The numbers are improving with improving technology. 

The longevity of the knee implant varies from patient to patient and typically depends upon the physical condition, physical activity and weight of the patient. In addition to this, the skill of surgeon in placing the implant also plays a significant role in the life of the implant. 

Practically speaking, knee implant has a high success rate and is considered relatively safe and effective way to regain knee functionality in terms of routine activities like walking, standing etc.

Activities like jogging, sports, and other strenuous activities should be considered only after a consultation with the surgeon. 

What Causes Knee Implant Failures?

An artificial knee is bound to eventually wear off. The worn out components of the implant can loosen from the bone and cause pain and decreased joint functionality. Loosening is a major reason for the failure of an implant that can be resolved by a revision surgery. 

In addition to loosening, any serious complication or younger implant recipients may also require revision surgery. 

About 1 person in 10 may need further surgery after 10 years. Patients who have had a partial knee replacement or are overweight or are involved in heavy manual or weight lifting work are more likely to undergo revision knee replacement surgery. 

Conditions mentioned above fasten the wear and tear of the implant. Just like the rubber of the car tyre wears off if the car is used a lot, the implant also wears off if used more than its capacity. 

IndICure is the most renowned provider of knee replacement in India. We have on our panel few of the best orthopedic surgeons in India who operate at state of the art best hospitals in India. 

The cost of knee replacement in India with IndiCure is much affordable even with the best quality implants. 

For more information, you can write to us at or call us at +91 93200 36777 or +1 877 270 2448 (US Toll Free) or talk to us at Skype @ Indicure