One of the most common problems faced by the world’s aging population, is the deterioration of joints. One of the most vulnerable joints in our body is the hip joint, and will often need surgical interventions like A total hip joint replacement that removes the impaired hip joint and replaces it with an artificial joint. My Orthopedic Vacations offers a full concierge service to patients wanting to travel to Cancun, Mexico for ORTHOPEDIC surgery. A holiday where you will return home rested, REVITALIZED and feeling truly brand new with your brand-new hip!
Why do hip joints need replacing?
In a healthy hip joint, smooth cartilage will cover and protect the end of the thigh bone and the socket in which the ball of the thigh bone sits. Healthy cartilage will cushion the ball and allow it to glide easily into it’s socket and move freely. One of the most common causes of hip joint deterioration is osteoarthritis. Cartilage becomes damaged and worn, and eventually the bones within the joint rub together becoming roughened, and sometimes even broken. Damaged hip joints can cause sever hip pain and stiffness, and everyday movements like walking, climbing stairs or getting out of a chair become almost increasingly difficult.
What’s involved in hip joint replacement surgery?
During the hip joint replacement surgery, your orthopedic surgeon will make a cut over the side of your hip and remove the affected bone. The bone is then replaced with an artificial joint (taking approximately two hours). Minimally invasive techniques can be applied by making several very small cuts instead of one long one and using specialized surgical instruments. These techniques will result in less blood loss, reduced pain and faster healing. During the surgery patients are given general anesthetic, or a local epidural pain killer which allows the patient to remain conscious and experience a faster recovery.
Recovering from hip replacement surgery
Recovering from a hip replacement generally takes about four to six months. It’s recommended that patients undergo physical therapy and strengthening exercises for the time it takes for their bodies to get used the new joint. Adjusting and restricting movements may be necessary like:
- Avoid crossing legs and ankles
- Avoid bending down low
- Avoid lifting heavy objects
- Avoid twisting hip movements
- Avoid lying on side of hip replacement
- Lie with a pillow between legs
- Avoid standing for long periods of time
- Sit in a firm chair that has arm rests
- Be mindful of abrasions on the hip to avoid infection
Why travel with My Orthopedic Vacations?
A medical tourism facilitator like My Orthopedic Vacations provides a bridge between orthopedic patients in their home country, to orthopedic surgeons in Cancun, Mexico. The logistics are taken care of, so you can concentrate on your procedure and your recovery. Private airport, hotel and hospital transfers are included in every package as well as follow up care when you arrive home. My Orthopedic Vacations assists you through every step of your surgical journey.
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.
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