Total knee arthroplasty is a surgical procedure that an orthopaedic surgeon can recommend if your knee joint is severely damaged due to an injury or medical conditions such as arthritis. It is typically considered when all nonsurgical treatments have failed to address the condition.
Total knee arthroplasty is very safe and highly effective. However, many patients from Europe and the United States are unable to take advantage of it because of the cost, which can be as much as $40,000-$60,000. The good news is, you can have this procedure done in Southeast Asia where the cost can be as much as 75% cheaper in countries like Malaysia, Thailand, and Singapore. Even with the cost of airfare and accommodation, you will still be able to save thousands of dollars.
However, enormous savings is only one of the benefits of going this route. Travelling to Southeast Asia also means getting the highest standards of orthopaedic care that is on par with what is offered in developed countries.
Southeast Asian countries like Thailand, Malaysia, and Singapore have a long list of Joint International Commission (JCI) and International Standards Organisation (ISO)-accredited hospitals with dedicated orthopaedic centres. These are staffed by highly experienced and qualified orthopaedic surgeons with many of them educated and trained at top medical institutions in the United States and Europe. These hospitals, which are driven to maintain an exceptional reputation in the field of medical tourism, use the same high-quality materials and technologies used in the West including diagnostics and surgical equipment.
Also, the majority of orthopaedic surgeons in Southeast Asia who cater to international patients are trained in innovative and breakthrough surgical methods. These include minimally invasive techniques and robotic-assisted total knee replacement, which significantly minimises human error, resulting in improved precision and efficiency. These techniques also reduce recovery time, hospital stay, and postoperative pain.