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FAQs

Do you only provide hip and knee replacement procedures as the name suggests?

We provide a wide variety of orthopedic procedures including:  hip resurfacing, shoulder joint replacement, rotator cuff repair, ACL repair, meniscal repair, and many other procedures.  If you are looking for affordable orthopedic surgery, we can help.

Why would I travel for orthopedic surgery?

If you are uninsured or under-insured, you may not be able or want to afford the high cost of surgery in the United States.  A hip or knee replacement can easily cost $50,000 or more if you have to pay out-of-pocket.  It is a well known fact that medical bills are one of the single biggest sources of personal bankruptcy in The United States.

For Canadians, joint replacement surgery is notorious for its long wait times, and many would rather pay to have their procedure done immediately than wait and endure a lower quality of life.

Typically our clients are looking for 3 things:

  1. Affordability;
  2. Quality;
  3. Safety.

How much money can I save?

Even after travel, accommodation, and physiotherapy, you can easily save up tom 80%, or tens-of-thousands of dollars.  For most, that is money better spent.

Why is it so much more affordable?

There are several reasons that orthopedic surgery can be so much less expensive in other countries:

  1. Procedures are priced for local markets.  The cost of a procedure is equivalently priced to the cost of living in each country.  Doctors and nurses typically make less as compared to North America, but they are very well paid by local standards.  Housing costs, food costs, etc are also much less.  In addition, medical materials and medication are also priced for local markets which reduces cost.
  2. Countries like Taiwan are well known to have the most efficient healthcare system on the planet, one that is often studied as an example for healthcare reform in the United States.  It is four times more efficient in terms of the delivery of healthcare than the US, and this translates into lower costs for procedures.

What about the quality of medical care?

We often are under the impression that our healthcare and delivery are the best in the world.  People are often surprised to learn that a small country like Costa Rica is ranked higher than the US by The World Health Organization (WHO) in terms of healthcare.  That is why tens of thousands of people travel there every year for medical and dental care.  The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) actually ranks the Taiwan healthcare system as the second best in the world behind only Sweden.

It is important to remember that in each of the world’s major metropolitan centers, there are world-class hospitals that attract the top surgeons in each country.  All of the hospitals we offer are accredited by The Joint Commission International (JCI).  JCI is the benchmark on which all other healthcare facilities are judged.  It is the international arm of the same body that accredits 18,000 US healthcare facilities.  This accrediting process can take several years, and it subjects each facility to a comprehensive review.

All of our surgeons are renowned orthopedic specialists who are already treating a large number of international patients.

Is traveling for orthopedic surgery safe?

As mentioned, we have some of the top global orthopedic surgeons practicing at several of the top hospitals recognized by independent publications.  For additional peace of mind, medical complication insurance is available on all procedures.  Ask us for more detail.

Why Hip and Knee Replacement  Center?

 We are the leader in North American medical tourism.  Our parent company Passport Medical was awarded the 2011 “Excellence In Medical Travel Facilitation Award” recognizing us as the top company in medical travel.  We have also been a keynote speaker at a number of international medical tourism conferences.  You can learn more about our accomplishments here.  With over 800 patients managed in 2011, we are the obvious choice for your medical journey.

What types of services does Hip and Knee Replacement Center provide?

We offer a range of services to make your experience as seamless and stress-free as possible.  These include providing information on a range of destinations and providers, direct contact with providers, coordinating the experience, airport pickup, hotel bookings, and assistance with coordinating flights if desired.

Does working with Hip and Knee Replacement Center cost more?

The answer quite simply is ‘no’.  Due to our relationships with providers and high volume discounts, costs are not passed on to you.  In fact, we are the North American representative for several of the hospitals we feature.

How long will I have to be away?

Every procedure is different, but you usually will have to be away at least a week, usually longer for joint replacement surgery: typically 10-14 days is recommended.  Adequate time away is necessary for physiotherapy and optimal recovery;.

What is the differences between hip replacement and hip resurfacing? Which should I get?

To learn more about hip resurfacing vs. hip replacement, see our post: Hip Resurfacing or Hip Replacement, which is right for you?

Contact Hip and Knee Replacement Center for more questions about affordable orthopedic care.

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