Hip resurfacing and hip relacement are orthopedic procedures. Hip resurfacing replaces the surface of the hip joint, but one that removes less bone tissue than traditional hip replacement procedures. Because this procedure removes less bone, it also promotes faster healing and recuperation. In most cases, hip resurfacing involves the head of the femur, or thighbone. Sometimes, it also involves both the hip socket as well as the head of the femur.
Hip resurfacing procedures in the United States are extremely costly and may amount to $55,000-$60,000, for one hip! The same procedure in India costs around $8,500. Medical tourists traveling to Thailand, Singapore, and South America for the same treatments may anticipate spending 1/6th the amount charged in the United States for such procedures.
Hip replacement treatments and procedures are often suggested due to damage caused by osteoarthritis or injuries that limit a person’s range of motion, mobility, and comfort. Different types of procedures or treatments are recommended depending upon the need of an individual patient. Today’s hip replacement surgeries tend to minimally invasive surgical procedures that are often recommended after bone scans, MRIs, x-rays and ultrasound determine the extent of damage to bones in hip joints.
Hip replacement surgical procedures may cost up to $43,000 in the United States. In Singapore and Thailand however, medical tourist patients may benefit from hip replacement surgical procedures that cost about $12,000. In India, the cost can range from about $9,000-$10,000.