Hip resurfacing is an alternative to hip replacement surgery for patients who have diseased or damaged hip bones. During a hip resurfacing operation, the orthopedic surgeon replaces the part of the ball and socket joint of the hip, but leaves most of the femoral bone tissue intact. Hip resurfacing is indicated for patients who have moderate hip problems, whereas total hip replacement is indicated for patients who have more extensive bone damage. The device used in hip resurfacing is a metal-on-metal joint, and is larger than the joint used in total replacement surgery. This means that patients can enjoy a wider range of motion and continue playing sports. In the US and UK, the operation costs about $49,000 or £32,000. Overseas, the operation is much less expensive.
In Costa Rica, hip resurfacing only costs $12,500 or £8,500, and in Mexico the price is about $11,500 or £8,000. Orthopedic surgeons in Latin America use the same high quality materials and devices that doctors in the US and UK use. Many surgeons in Latin America have studied medicine in the US and UK, and most doctors speak English. Hip resurfacing is carried out in clean and modern facilities where surgeons use the latest techniques and equipment. Patients will be cared for by skillful nurses and doctors who are compassionate and experienced. Total recovery time is several days, but patients can stay longer if they need follow-up tests, and they can take advantage of the excellent physical therapy clinics in Latin America.
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