Due to age, simple wear and tear, or an injury, at some point in time you may need hip surgery. Do you know the difference between a partial or full hip replacement procedure? Are you up on your hip joint replacement prosthetics? And while we’re at it, do you know about proximal hip replacement?
Proximal hip replacement refers to replacement of the upper portion of the femur closest to or ‘proximal’ to the hip socket. A very common reason for hip replacement surgery is fracture in the femoral neck. Femoral neck fractures are common at the base of the head, or the top part of the femur that fits into the hip socket. In such cases, partial hip replacement or total hip replacement is often necessary.
Okay, that’s all fine and good, but let’s get down to the brass tacks. What does it cost? Of course, any hip replacement cost depends on whether your orthopedic surgeon recommends partial or total hip replacement. In the U.S., a hip replacement procedure can cost around $43,000 to $50,000. However, medical travelers visiting countries like Thailand, India and Singapore will spend about $9,000-$11,000 for proximal hip replacement procedures.
Whether you receive your proximal hip replacement at home or abroad, you need to find the right doctor. Some orthopedic surgeons also sub-specialize in sports or trauma medicine, while others specialize in the treatment of arthritis, spinal cord or congenital defect diseases or conditions. Learn all you can about proximal hip replacement procedures so you can make educated decisions about your medical care.