The inevitability of aging means that at some stage, most of us will experience a bit of wear and tear to our bones. And one of the first bones to start complaining, is the knee bone.
The cartilage in our knee degrades over time, reduces the cushioning between bones and can eventually result in the cripplingly painful osteoarthritis.
What to do when you need new knees
Knee’s that have suffered this much damage will need to an artificial knee joint. Knee replacement surgery is extremely common, it only takes a couple of hours and it’s available worldwide.
In the United States, many people looking for knee replacements are consulting with orthopaedic surgeons overseas, and often choose a favourite holiday destination. Destinations like Cancun, Mexico allow patients to stay on and fully recover, beachside with nothing to do but relax and unwind.
What is an artificial knee joint?
The artificial knee joint (prosthesis) gives a new smooth surface to the knee which helps to cushion the degraded bones. The prosthesis is made from metal and hard plastic components that fit together during surgery.
Knee joint replacement surgery will be performed under general anaesthetic and takes approximately two hours.
An incision is made over the front of the knee joint, and the worn surfaces within the joint are removed and re-shaped.
The artificial knee joint is attached with specialised bone cement and fitted together. Muscles and ligaments are repositioned and adjusted for best possible knee function.
How Much Does it Cost?
Prices for knee replacement surgery vary depending on the desired destination, surgeon and accommodation options.
Medical travel concierge company My Orthopaedic Vacations in Cancun, Mexico there are a selection of packages available including a 12-night complete knee replacement package for USD $11,845.
Packages include a full concierge service that includes:
- Pickup & Dropoff at the airport
- transportation to and from all medical appointments
- tours & daytrips for medical patients and their travelling companions
- hotel, recovery centre and spa/wellness centre recommendations and accommodations
- coordination and contact with doctors, dentists, specialists and hospital patient coordinators (including through teleconference with the patient)
- car rentals if requested
- a nurse or chaperone if requested or required.