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3 Reasons to Travel Outside the US for Hip Replacement Surgery
Posted by skymedicus STAFF on 7/26/2017 11:01 AM | Last Modified: August 2, 2017
Like thousands of American of all ages – but especially for those aged 45 and older – your doctor may be strongly advising you to have hip replacement surgery; especially since, like all degenerative diseases, problems with your hip bone, joint and/or tissues will only get worse over time. In fact, you may reach a point where hip replacement surgery is no longer possible, and the best that can be done is to mitigate the pain and discomfort, and slow down the rate of deterioration.
Yet at the same time, you may be faced with another scary issue: the cost of hip replacement surgery in the US can climb well above $50,000, and in some cases reach or surpass $100,000. If you’re like most people, you simply don’t have this amount of savings to cover the bill, and that means you’ll have to go deep into debt, sell your home, liquidate your assets, or do something else to raise the funds. Yes, this may cover the cost of your surgery, but it will imperil your financial health and reduce your quality of life.
The good news is that you don’t have to struggle with this immensely difficult, arguably inhumane dilemma. Instead, you can join the thousands of Americans each year who travel outside of the US for hip replacement surgery!
Indeed, as the AARP highlights in their newsletter, about 7 percent of all US medical tourists seek orthopaedic procedures, such as hip replacements and knee replacements – and the numbers are increasing each year. Below, we highlight 3 reasons why people just like you are heading to the airport vs. their local hospital so they can get the hip replacement they want, need and deserve:
As noted above, the cost of hip replacement surgery in the US typically falls between $50,000 and $100,000. However, the same procedure outside of the US can cost less than $15,000. This not only covers all surgeon and hospital fees, but it includes a week of recovery (which most patients in the US cannot get through insurance and cannot afford out-of-pocket), as well as airline fees.
The myth that medical care outside of the US is sub-standard is simply that: a myth. It’s simply not true, and the evidence is clear when looking at the number of Americans (as well as Canadians, Australians, Brits, and the list goes on) who are heading abroad for all kinds of treatments and procedures. Hospitals are accredited, surgeons are licensed, and patients share testimonials -- just like they do in the United States.
Although hip replacement surgery is obviously a serious and complex procedure, Americans who head abroad are also enjoying what essentially amounts to a free vacation. And while they certainly don’t go rock climbing or scuba diving, they do indeed visit breathtaking sights and historical landmarks, browse one-of-a-kind shops, enjoy local delicacies and cooking, and so on.
To learn more about the advantages and benefits of traveling outside the US for hip replacement surgery, contact the SkyMedicus team today. Your consultation with us is free, as is access to our database of pre-screened and experienced hip surgeons around the world.
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