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What Are My Physical Therapy Options After Hip Replacement Surgery Abroad?
Posted by skymedicus STAFF on 7/26/2017 10:16 AM | Last Modified: September 26, 2017
After getting hip replacement surgery abroad, naturally your focus will turn towards a safe and full recovery. This process will involve regular consultation with your doctor, as well as physical therapy sessions that may take place in your home and/or a nearby facility, based on what is best for your specific care and convalesce needs.
While every patient is unique, here is generally what you can with expect in terms of recovery options after getting hip replacement surgery abroad:
Phase 1: At the Hospital
While still in the hospital, a certified physical therapist will work closely with you to help you safely get in and out of bed, move around the hospital, shower/bathe, and ensure that your overall movements support rather than impede your recovery. Plus, you will learn some simple, yet effective exercises that will help keep your joints limber, and prevent blood clots. You will probably need to use crutches or a walker during this phase.
Phase 2: After the Hospital
If you have your hip replacement surgery in the US, because of the excessive costs of staying in a rehabilitation facility – which can be more than $500/day – you will most likely head home ASAP.
However, since you’ll be having your hip replacement surgery abroad, like many other medical tourists you may opt to spend a week or even two in a rehabilitation facility (and at SkyMedicus, we generally advise our clients to consider this option if it suits their schedule).
Just as with your hip replacement surgery itself, the costs of staying in a rehabilitation facility abroad is dramatically lower than the US. Total costs can be less than $50/day, and quality of care is world-class and on par -- if not in many cases better – than comparable facilities in the US. In fact, many medical tourists choose to spend extra time in a rehabilitation facility simply because it’s more relaxing and peaceful than being at home!
Phase 3: Outpatient Care
Whether you choose to spend extra time in a rehabilitation facility or head home (perhaps because you miss your beloved pets!), a physical therapist will continue providing you with support, education and care. You will learn exercises using medical-grade equipment that enhance the range of motion in your new hip joint, strengthen the surrounding muscles, and improve balance to reduce the risk of slipping or falling. This phase can take several weeks, with the exact duration based on your needs and the progress of your overall recovery.
Working with Your Doctor
Throughout and after your recovery, your doctor will also be directly involved your care, and will monitor your progress. She or he may also consult with your surgeon abroad to get information, X-rays, and so on.
To learn more about getting hip replacement surgery abroad – including how to choose the right surgeon and your recovery options – contact the SkyMedicus team today. Your consultation with is free, and there is NEVER an obligation at all to book your medical tourism trip with us.
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Topics: Surgery Abroad