Hip resurfacing is a procedure that replaces the surface of the hip joint, but less bone is removed during a hip resurfacing procedure than a hip replacement procedure. Because the hip resurfacing procedure removes less bone, it also heals faster, getting you back on your feet sooner. Hip resurfacing involves the head of the femur, or thighbone in most hip surgery cases, although it can involve both the hip socket and the femur head.
The problem is that hip resurfacing procedures in the United States is costly – and we’re talking about up to $60,000 for just one hip. The same costs roughly $8,500 in India. That doesn’t mean less trained or equipped surgeons and facilities either. Some of the best orthopedic surgeons in the world are located in India. Medical tourists traveling to Thailand, Singapore, and South America for the same treatments may anticipate spending one-tenth the amount charged in the United States for such procedures.
Why would you need hip replacement treatments and procedures? Most often because of damage caused by osteoarthritis or joint injuries that restrict range of motion, mobility, and comfort. Hip replacement surgeries today are minimally invasive surgical procedures recommended after bone scans, MRIs, x-rays and ultrasound determine extent of damage to bones in hip joints.
A hip replacement surgery can cost up to $45,000 in the United States. In foreign destinations like Singapore and Thailand however, medical tourist patients benefit from quality hip replacement surgical procedures that cost roughly $12,000. In India, the cost can range from about $9,000-$10,000.