Friday, March 7, 2014

Hip Replacement Surgery in India - Frequently asked Questions

Hip Replacement Surgery in India - Frequently asked Questions


Hip replacement is the most commonly performed joint replacement surgery after knee replacement for which medical tourists travel to India.  People travelling for hip replacement surgery in India have a lots of questions in mind before they embark on their journey. We have thus collated a few questions about hip replacement surgery and have got them answered by our expert orthopedic surgeons in India:

Q – What is a hip replacement surgery?


A – Hip replacement surgery is an orthopedic procedure in which the diseased hip joint is replaced with an artificial joint called as prosthesis. It is the second most common procedure after knee replacement.

Q – Which hip replacement procedure is right for me?


A – Broadly categorizing, hip replacements can be - Half Hip Replacement and Total Hip Replacement. Which hip replacement is right for you, depends upon your condition.

A Half Hip Replacement or Hemiarthroplasty is commonly done in cases of fracture of femur in old people. It can be of two types:

Monopolar Hemiarthroplasty – Here only the top portion of thigh bone (femur) is replaced with a prosthesis and rest of the bone is left intact.

Bipolar Hemiarthroplasty – Here the end or head of the thigh bone (femur) and a portion of hip are replaced.

Total Hip Replacement (THR) – It is done in cases of primary or secondary osteoarthritis. In THR, the damaged bone and cartilage are removed and replaced with prosthetic components.

Q – How painful would my recovery be after the surgery?


A – There would be some pain while recovering after a hip replacement procedure which would be well taken care of by medication. An epidural cathether, pain killers and analgesic patches are used to control pain.

Q – How long shall I be bed-ridden after hip replacement?


A – For only a day or two, you would be bed-ridden after your hip replacement. You would be able to walk with a walker third day onwards.

Q – How long it will take me to completely recover after a hip replacement surgery?


A – For first 1 or 2 days, you will be advised only to move in bed. Third day onwards you would be able to walk with a walker. Your stitches would be removed after 2 weeks and you would be able to walk without any help after 4-5 weeks. By One and a half to 2 months, you would be able to get back to driving a car.

Q – How long shall a replaced hip last?


A – As far as the metal, ceramic and plastic parts are concerned, they may last for as long as 20 years or more. However, there are a number of factors that regulate the life of hip replacement such as the reason of replacement, how active you are and how much walking you do.

Q – Why should I choose India to get my hip replacement surgery done?


A – There are various advantages of getting hip replacement surgery in India. low cost, highly trained surgeons, JCI accredited hospitals, most advanced technology,  English as mode of communication, no waiting time, great outcome are few of the factors which are driving medical tourists from across the world to get hip replacement in India.  

Q – How much does it cost to get a hip replacement surgery in India?


A – Hip replacement surgery in India is available at some of the best orthopedic hospitals in India at highly affordable costs.  Total Hip Replacement  for one hip joint in India may cost as less as 6500 USD and varies with the type of implant, surgeon, category of room and the hospital where you choose to get the surgery done. 

Q – How long would I need to stay in India for my hip replacement?


A – You would stay at the hospital for 6 days after the surgery and would need another 2 weeks in India for recovery and initial rehabilitation. A total of thus 3 weeks in India are required for you to get you hip replacement done, recover and go back. 

Q – What about accommodation after I am discharged from the hospital? What about physiotherapy during that time?


A – We have association with hotels, guest houses and serviced apartments close to the hospital where you can choose to stay depending upon your preference and budget. Physiotherapy can be done at the hotel/ apartment where you stay or your transfers to the hospital can be arranged easily. 

Q – I do not know anyone in India? How would all this be arranged?


A – IndiCure assists you with all the errands while you are in India- be it accommodation, airport pick up, site seeing, inland transfers, physiotherapy- you can leave everything to us and just concentrate on your health and recovery. 

IndiCure is the most trusted provider of orthopedic surgery in India. IndiCure offers Hip Replacement Surgery in India in association with few of the best orthopedic surgeons who have been trained at best medical schools of the world, are board certified and have years of experience in performing even the most complex joint replacement surgeries.