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 info@indicure.com or call us at +91 93200 36777 or +1 877 270 2448 (US Toll Free) or talk to us at Skype @ Indicure

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Hepatitis C Treatment in India- Boon for Un-Insured Americans

Hepatitis C


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Hepatitis C is an infection of liver and is caused by Hepatitis C virus. It is a deadly disease in which the causative virus is carried from the blood stream to the liver and leads to inflammation of the liver. 

It can be transmitted sexually or through blood of an infected person to the blood of a healthy person. In fact, just a drop of blood infected with the virus can cause Hepatitis C.

Almost 80% of the patients with Hepatitis C infection remain asymptomatic in acute stage while the remaining may show symptoms like jaundice (yellowish discoloration of skin and the whites of the eyes), abdominal pain, dark urine, grey-colored faeces, fever, fatigue, decreased appetite, nausea and vomiting. 

But when the infection becomes chronic; it results in scarring of liver and can also lead to liver cirrhosis, fatty liver or liver cancer (hepatocellular carcinoma).

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Hepatitis C is found worldwide and according to recent reports by WHO; more than 220 million people are currently infected from Hepatitis C virus. Due to the ever increasing count of infected persons and the high price of treatment, it has become a hot research topic.

Hepatitis C Treatment 


But recently the apex committee of the Central Drugs Standard Control Organization (CDSCO) has given a waiver to the new direct-acting antiviral (DAA) drugs (sofosbuvir and daclastavir) that is an effective treatment for Hepatitis C.

The waiver is that these drugs can be made available to the general population without local trials. This had opened doors to bring the generic version of these drugs in India at a very low cost as compared to their cost in western countries.

This has made Hep C treatmentin India much cost effective than anywhere else in the world.

Hepatitis C treatment in India


The new direct-acting antiviral (DAA) drugs (sofosbuvir and daclastavir) act as a highly efficient regimen that is effective against all genotypes of the virus (pan-genotypic), even in difficult-to-cure Hepatitis C patients.

Although the production cost of DAAs is low, but it costs over $90,000 in the US and over 50,000 euros in the EU. That is a huge cost especially for those Hepatitis C patients that are not insured.

But the availability of generic versions of this pan-genotypic directly acting anti-viral (DAA) combination in India can be a boon for these uninsured patients as it costs about Rs 75,000 or about $1,200 or even less in India, just 1% of what the treatment cost in U.S. In fact even if the total cost of trip is calculated then also it won't come anyway near to US$90,000.

New drugs for Hep C


Can Medicines be ordered?

When it comes to shopping for your health, it definitely needs a lot of caution. Yes, you can order the medicines, but do get medicines from a reliable provider.

You are already saving 99% of the total cost of treatment to get Hepatitis C treatment in India. It is thus better to travel to India and see a specialist doctor in person and get all the details and clear all your doubts before starting the treatment. A treatment that starts on strong and positive foundation will prove beneficial in all the ways.

Besides, you can also take this opportunity to visit one of the most amazing countries in the world. There is no other country as colourful and vibrant as India.

After deciding to travel to India, the next big concern that comes in every patient's mind is "How do I start to get my Hep C treatment in India?"

And the answer to this is find a renowned medical tourism company who can provide complete solution to your medical trip to India.

IndiCure has earned the acclaim to be the "Most Renowned Medical Tourism Company in India" because of the exceptional care and personalized services we provide to our clients. 
With hundreds of happy patients from over 30 countries, we understand your expectations well.

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


Wednesday, December 14, 2016

How Do I Know If I Need Hip Replacement Surgery?

Hip Replacement

The hip is the largest ball and socket joint in our body that facilitates a variety of movements and functions in the body. The ball and socket surfaces are coated with articular cartilage that functions as a lubricant. 

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Conditions like arthritis can cause the cartilage to break down and result in the contact of the two bone surfaces that lead to excruciating pain.Treatment for hip arthritis is initially done through anti-inflammatory drugs, injections, physical therapy, etc. 

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Despite its high success ratio hip replacement surgery (more than 90%) is often the last resort, when non-surgical methods fail to alleviate symptoms.

Nearly 300,000 people in the United States undergo hip replacement surgery each year.  

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When do I need a Hip replacement?

There are four prominent symptoms that indicate the need for a hip replacement:

Hip or groin pain: It is the sensation of pain localized between the hip and the knee that might keep you awake at night. The pain might be intense enough to interfere with daily activities such as climbing stairs, sitting on a chair, etc. This is when you should consider surgery. 

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Soreness in these areas after physical activity can also be an indicator of the magnitude of the problem. This pain may be persistent or occur after short intervals of time. However, pain experienced in the ankles is different and could be due to back problems.

One leg test: Try standing on one leg (especially the problem leg) for a minute, even with the support of a door for balance, if required. If you can’t complete this test, then you should visit your doctor immediately, and opt for the surgery. 

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Stiffness: Simple tasks like putting on shoes and socks and traveling become painful as the flexibility of the body is affected. If your hip stiffens after normal daily routines, it is a sign that you need to consult a doctor for this problem.

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Walking: People who need a hip replacement are not able to cover much ground. They are no longer as mobile as they used to be. The pain in the hip/groin causes them to stop and rest frequently while walking.

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Advantages of Hip Replacement:


It is better to go for hip replacement if other non-surgical methods have failed to work. Hip replacement has a high success rate and not much down time. Modern techniques allow the patient to walk the next day of the surgery and resume routine activities in two weeks.

The procedure begins with the administration of general anesthesia. An incision made on the outer side of the hip is used to remove the damaged bone/cartilage and replace it with an implant. The implant is then smoothened and stabilized to restore the functioning of the ball and socket joint.

Hip Replacement Surgery in India:

India has become the hub for medical tourism due to the availability of experienced surgeons as well as good infrastructure. The low cost of medical treatment in India attracts many patients from across the world looking for affordable medical treatment abroad. 

While the cost of hip replacement surgery in India is starts from mere USD 5500, the cost of hip replacement in Western countries is multiple times. 

Best Orthopedic Surgeon for Hip Replacement in India

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If you are looking for hip replacement with best orthopedic surgeons in India, write to us at info@indicure.com. IndiCure is the most renowned medical tourism company in India offering quality medical treatment at most affordable cost. 

For reviews of our past patients, visit https://www.youtube.com/c/indicuresurgery or talk to us at Skype @ Indicure. You can also call us at +91 93200 36777 or +1-877-270-2448 (US Toll Free) 


Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Obesity surgery and Knee replacement in India- My Story



“You are a high-risk patient”, announced my general physician and as if to answer my quizzed look he continued, “189 cms and 315 pounds, your closest friend right now suffers from CAD, or cardio-vascular disease, so high-risk for Angina/ Heart attack or even stroke, and that should explain the chronic pain and clicking in your knee, you have worn-out cushion between the bones”, he explained calmly.

My knee pain was the only tangible result of my weight, my dangerously sedentary life style and of course the irregular and uncontrolled eating; it was the covert ticking time bomb that the doctor warned me about.

What seemed like a routine examination for my chronic knee pain and clicking, turned out to be a wake-up call for me. At a mere 47 years of age, the realization that my life was hanging on by just a thin passage of an unblocked vessel in my body, flipped things around.  

As I discussed, my health, I learned it was more complicated than I expected. Diet control alone wouldn’t help, rigorous training apart from time consuming would only further damage my knees.  

The definitive approach further added to my woes; Bariatric surgery and knee replacement both. After numerous calls to my medical insurance agent and pouring over my insurance papers, I was explained that obesity surgery was not covered in my plan and only part of the knee –replacement was covered since knee pain was because of me being overweight. 

Just as I was about to declare it a bleak outcome, a friend suggested that I “take a break”, much to my consternation, but as he spoke, a holiday seemed like the perfect idea.

Now don’t get me wrong it was by no means an imbecile escaping the crisis at hand.  My daughter and I swung into action. Boasting an exponentially growing industry of Medical tourism, with cost-effectiveness and treatment at par or in some instances evenbetter than most developed nations INDIA was our final choice.  

From the time I contacted IndiCure, to my arrival, treatment, recovery discharge and follow –up, I have never had a more hassle free and seamless experience especially in medical care, considering the complicated healthcare sector in Australia.

I was not apprehensive per-se, but the idea of a foreign land, language and two surgeries was unnerving to say the least. However, when we touched down, IndiCure representative was on time to receive us, wheeled us into our choice of accommodation that we had already decided upon right at the start. Much to my surprise it turned out to be not only super comfortable, hygienic and safe, but the staff were trained to deal with guests from all over the world with their preferences.

The next day was my appointment with the doctor in charge. Here, I need to mention that the hospital and its infrastructure with the patient care coordinators designated specifically for patients flying from abroad, got me to check if I had read something wrong in the initial cost assessment, how could something so efficient, precise, well planned and comfortable less than a fourth of  the cost of just the surgery alone in my country?  

Not only was the patient coordinator, updated with all my records , she knew my details at the back of her hand amiable, intelligent and confident about what was going to my next stop.

I was soon ushered into the doctor’s chamber. After the initial introduction, the doctor explained what they intended to do.  How long would be the recovery, post-surgical precautions that I would need to observe and lifestyle changes that I needed to make. He was sharp, professional yet compassionate, a super specialist with over 20 years of experience and had a reassuring demeanor, I was already sure that all was going to be well.

By noon, I was done at the hospital and much to my delight; IndiCure had booked both of us on a small tour around the city, in the evening. The vibrancy of Mumbai, threw me off, those few hours spent gaping and gawking took my mind off the hospital and the traces of pre-hospitalization anxiety.

Our transport to the hospital, that was thankfully very close by to our pad, picked us up. When we reached, my coordinator had already taken care of all the formalities, I signed a consent form, and I was in my room within the next 20 minutes. 

The functioning and infrastructure of the hospitals in India is commendable, not just on a relative note but on an absolute basis.  I was given comfortable accommodation, with provision for an attendant to stay, although it was neither needed nor advised. 

The next 24 hours were spent monitoring my vitals, administering the pre-surgical prophylactic drugs and two visits from my surgeon with his team. The next morning, I was wheeled in into the OT and well, can’t really recollect much of that but woke up in the recovery room, delirious and then in my hospital bed.  A hazy memory of doctors nurses and drugs to relieve post surgical discomfort, for the next few days.

Although, I wished to discharged sooner, thankfully the doctors insisted that I stay at least for 3 more days for observation, since my food intake had to be very precise.  After about 6 days, my knee replacement was done again with the same precision and accuracy. I stayed at the hospital for about 5 days for complete recovery and physical therapy for my new knee.   

It’s almost 6 months since my medical holiday and to think that all of it was organized by just one call and a few e-mails trans-Atlantic, at such an affordable cost, including the quick holiday at the breath-taking  retreat, post my discharge is my medical-fairytale!

This is a real story of one of our patients from Australia. For quality and affordable treatment options in India, write to us at info@indicure.com or call us at +91 93200 36777 or +1-877-270-2448 (US Toll Free) or talk to us at Skype @ Indicure