Every year, thousands of patients in western countries require joint replacement surgeries, with the majority involving the knees and hips. These procedures can be covered by insurance, but even then, it can still cost over $20,000. Moreover, patients have to spend more for post-care including a possible live-in nurse and a home makeover for better accessibility.
Simply put, it is a costly procedure for both the insured and uninsured. This, for some other reasons, is why many Westerners are now setting their sights on Southeast Asia.
Southeast Asia is more than just rich culture, heritage, and food. Sprouting like mushrooms, especially in the urban areas, are world-class hospitals and clinics that offer simple to complex procedures such as joint replacement. Although costs can also vary depending on where the treatment is received, the average price remains to be significantly cheaper than Western prices. In fact, you can save up to 75% of the cost by crossing borders.
Recovery is expected to take at least several days. Thus, SE hospitals make sure it’s smooth and comfortable by billeting patients in great hotels with doctors conducting personal visits to ensure exceptional patient experience. Others can combine a refreshing retreat near the beach while healing.
As most orthopaedic surgeons in the region are Western-trained and boast exceptional technical know-how, you are guaranteed exceptional results (the same you can expect from your home country) without spending a fortune.