Guide to Hip Replacement in India
According to Indian Arthroplasty Association (IAA), in the next 10 years India will become the country with the highest number of joint replacement surgeries performed in the world.
More than one lakh joint replacement surgeries (hip replacement, knee replacement, etc) are performed every year in India.
Here, we have world class hospitals for orthopedic treatment, having state-of-the-art infrastructure, cutting edge technology and latest treatment options available at affordable cost. In case you are a medical tourist and looking for step by step guidance for hip replacement in India, click here.
Why choose India for Hip Replacement?
People across the globe come to India for medical tourism because of many reasons such as:
- Affordable treatment cost.
- Large number of multispecialty private hospitals that provides quality treatment.
- Skilled and experienced doctors who uses latest technology available for the treatment
- Compassionate patient care.
- Language is not a barrier, as doctors and nurses are familiar with English and translators are also available here.
- Availability of medical tourism companies like Clinicspots helps international patients who come here for their hip replacement surgery in India by assisting them in finding the best hospitals and orthopedic surgeons in major cities like Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore and Chennai.
Hip Replacement surgery Cost in India
Hip replacement cost in India depends on several factors like type of surgery approach, types of implant, hospital, and city where you want to get your treatment done.
There is large number of multispecialty hospitals that offers affordable treatment to the patients without compromising on the quality of the treatment.
Hip replacement cost in India varies from ₹75,000 to ₹ 3, 00,000 which is quite low than other countries like USA, UK, Turkey etc.
Like any other surgeries, there is also some additional cost attached to it.
You need to undergo several tests before and after the surgery which might be costly. After the surgery you will need physiotherapy sessions to regain the movement of your joints. And your doctor will prescribe few medications which you need to take for a few weeks after the surgery.
Success rate of Hip Replacement in India
After the hip replacement most of the patients experienced relief from acute pain and feels the increase in the range of motion.
Success rate of hip replacement in India is very high. It is more than 95%. Immediately after the surgery you can walk with the help of crutches and after few weeks of the surgery (6 weeks) one can go back to their normal routine work.
Generally your implants will last for at least 20-30 years.
However, the success rate of hip replacement depends on your lifestyle, diet, precautions that you take after the surgery etc.
Hip replacement procedure in India
First, the doctor will check the condition of your hip through several tests and then decide on the approach of the surgery.
During surgery, the surgeon will make an incision on the side of your hip.
Then the ball joint i.e. the upper part of the thigh bone is cut and replaced with implants and fixed with or without cement.
Further, the doctor will remove the damaged bone or cartilage from the socket joint and reshape it, so that the new artificial socket can be cemented properly.
After fixing both the ball and socket joint in their place, the doctor will slide the ball joint into the acetabular.
The surgery takes around 2 to 4 hours depending on the severity of the disease.
Number of days you need to stay in the hospital
For single hip replacement, you will need to stay for 4-5 days at the hospital and probably another week in town if you undergo hip replacement in India.
And for bilateral hip replacement, you need to stay of around 2-3 extra days. The surgeon may choose to operate both the joints at the same time or one after the other at a gap of a week depending upon your medical condition.
Recovery after Hip Replacement
After the surgery you will feel pain for first 3-4 days, which would be controlled by medicines.
You will be given blood thinning medicines to reduce the chances of blood clot. Also, you would be asked to perform exercise regularly to strengthen your hip joint and restore the movement for normal life activity like walking, climbing stairs, etc.
Some important tips given by physiotherapists and doctors :
- Walk with crutches and walker
- Do exercise regularly
- Don’t bend more than 90 degree
- Avoid sitting in the same position for more than 30 minutes.
India is one of the best countries for hip replacement however before choosing your hospital and orthopedic surgeon it is advisable to do a thorough research regarding the reputation and success rate of the doctor and the hospital.