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How to Get Your Active Lifestyle Back with Hip Replacement Overseas
Posted by skymedicus STAFF on 7/26/2017 3:17 PM | Last Modified: September 26, 2017
As noted by WebMD, osteoarthritis is becoming more common – which is leading to an increasing number of people needing hip replacement surgery. And it’s not just senior citizens who are driving this trend. According to statistics complied by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), while the number of hip replacement surgeries for people aged 75 and older increased 92 percent between 2000-2010, it skyrocketed a whopping 205 percent for people aged 45-54.
However, as these people are discovering to their dismay and alarm, the cost of hip replacement surgery has also dramatically increased in recent years. As noted by Men’s Journal: “The average cost of a hip replacement, among the most common surgeries for active people under the age of 65, in the U.S. has nearly doubled in the past decade, rising from an average of $35,000 in 2001 to about $65,000.”
Fortunately, many people who need hip replacement surgery aren’t forced to sell their homes or take a deep, terrifying dive into debt. Instead, they’re getting hip replacement overseas in order to save tens of thousands of dollars, and enjoy care that is equal– and in many cases superior – to what’s offered in the U.S.
If you’re thinking of heading abroad as a medical tourist, here are some tips on how to get your healthy lifestyle back with hip replacement overseas:
1. Stay a few days extra (or even longer if you wish).
Patients who get hip replacement surgery overseas can easily afford to spend a few extra days (or even weeks) in the hospital, or at a medically-supervised rehabilitation facility. Such an option would be cost prohibitive in the U.S., as a single extra night’s stay can cost well over $1000. Abroad, it could cost less than $50.
2. Work with your PT to rebuild strength and enhance mobility.
Shortly after hip replacement surgery, you’ll work with a PT and possibly other members of your care team to rebuild strength and enhance mobility. As you might expect, such exercises must be done with the proper technique and aligned with your unique requirements. Rest assured that you’ll get the education, coaching and support you need.
3. Take a caregiver along with you.
One of the other major advantages of getting hip replacement surgery overseas, is that the cost savings can allow you to bring along a caregiver to help with both pre and post-surgery support.
To learn more about hip replacement surgery overseas, contact the team at SkyMedicus today. We’ll answer your questions, and provide you with resources to help you determine if heading overseas is the right decision for you. Your consultation with us is free.
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