Ankle cartilage can become torn after a simple sprain or more serious fracture. The signs of torn cartilage are swelling, deep pain within the ankle bones, and instability of the ankle joint. Because cartilage heals poorly on its own, ankle cartilage surgery is the most common treatment. During ankle cartilage surgery, an orthopedic surgeon uses endoscopic tools to access the cartilage and stimulate self-healing. If the cartilage is badly damaged, the doctor may implant cartilage tissue from another part of the body. Ankle cartilage surgery costs about $25,000 in the US, and around £6,000 in the UK. In Latin America and Eastern Europe, the price is much lower.
Orthopedic surgeons in Mexico can perform ankle cartilage surgery for $2,700 or £4,000. Doctors use the latest instruments and imaging technology to perform surgery with precision and minimal invasion. Many doctors have studied medicine in the US and UK, and most hospital staff speak English in the major cities. After surgery, patients can recover in a tranquil environment where food and lodging are inexpensive. The compassionate nurses and doctors in Mexican hospitals also provide excellent follow-up care, ensuring that the ankle heals properly.
Hungary is a top destination for UK residents seeking ankle cartilage surgery abroad. Here, the cost of surgery is only $1,500 or £2,000.