How much does a hip replacement cost?In the United States, the cost of a hip replacement can vary wildly from state to state. In Birmingham, Alabama, for instance, a hip replacement can be found for approximately $20,000, whilst in New York the average cost of a hip replacement is closer to $60,000. Huge price fluctuations can also be seen in states like Massachusetts, where a variation of as much as 313% can be found. The cost of hip replacement surgery in the US will usually be covered partially by medical insurance, but is only fully covered in cases where a replacement is absolutely necessary to prevent the overall health of the patient deteriorating. It is a similar story in the United Kingdom, where hip replacements are only covered by the NHS if they are an absolute necessity. Alternatives such as physical therapy or hip resurfacing will usually be suggested as alternatives before a full hip replacement. At private clinics in the UK a hip replacement will cost around £10,000 ($14,100), though as with the US there are variations in price between different regions. Hip replacements in Australia can also be expensive, with the average cost being somewhere between $18,000 and $30,000 when performed privately. Hip replacements can be provided on the public health system in certain cases, but you will have little choice over your surgeon or where the surgery is performed.
Hip replacement abroad – how much does it cost?Going abroad for a hip replacement is an option for people who cannot afford the cost of surgery in their home country. MEDIGO works with specialists around the world who specialize in hip replacement surgery.
What influences the cost of a hip replacement?The cost of a hip replacement depends on a number of factors, and defining an exact price estimate can be notoriously tough. Your overall health is one factor that can affect the final cost of your hip replacement. The risks involved with surgery increase if you have any existing health issues, as well as the likelihood of a replacement joint failing. With this in mind, a general health examination will be carried out during the consultation period to assess the level of risk involved if the hip replacement surgery goes ahead – underlying conditions could result in the cost of surgery being higher. The experience and reputation of the clinic, hospital and surgeon is another factor to take into consideration when searching for hip replacement prices. Surgeons with particularly good reputations and decades of experience are likely to demand a higher premium and have a lengthy waiting list. On the other hand, savings on hip replacements can be found with surgeons who are highly-skilled but still developing their reputation, or with surgeons who are new to the profession. Another aspect to consider is the possible expense of aftercare and rehabilitation following the surgery itself, which will not usually be covered by the initial cost estimate given by the hospital. The recovery process after a hip replacement can be lengthy and usually involves a program of physical rehabilitation. You might also acquire additional costs from nurse and therapist visits, any pain killing medication you may need after surgery and specialist equipment such as crutches, walkers and braces. Rehabilitation following hip replacement surgery is catered to the needs of each individual patient, so it is vital that you talk through the process with the surgeon or consultant before the surgery to develop a clear picture of the process, what it involves and any potential costs.
Hip replacement – patient storyIgor suffered from hip pain for several years. While in Switzerland a year and a half ago, he saw a doctor about his pain and inquired about hip replacement surgery. However, the doctor recommended exercise and rehabilitation programs to reduce the pain. Still in pain, a friend suggested looking at organizations that facilitate medical travel so he could get his hip replaced. After months of research and evaluating different options in various countries, he found Medigo.
Igor was put directly in contact with his Care Team Member and his medical records and preoperative exams were sent for evaluation to Igor’s preferred clinics in Spain. His partner accompanied him to the chosen hospital where he reports the service was excellent. In fact, he found the level of care even better than that in Chile. Igor’s aftercare included physiotherapy for six weeks following his surgery. He reports his recovery is going along very well, each day feeling better than the last! Apart from the excellent service, he saved about $7,700 by going abroad for this procedure.