Are painful hips & high cost of surgery cramping your life? Walk with ease by getting hip replacement surgery in Mexico. Whether arthritis or fracture: say goodbye to all those painful woes at a fraction of the US cost!

Read this guide to learn about Mexico’s costs, the best doctors, and hospitals.

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The cost of hip replacement in the United States is sky-high. Opting for hip replacement surgery in Mexico instead of the US or Canada can help.

It doesn't mean sacrificing quality. Don’t just take the word for it. Explore the patient reviews and witness the results firsthand.

Hip Replacement Mexico: Patient Reviews

Discover Jerry's journey, as a timely hip replacement surgery in Mexico provided relief to him.

Now read Sabrina's story where a hip replacement in Mexico revolutionised her life.

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Hip replacement cost without insurance is too high in the US. Shouldering this finance can drain your pocket.

Because of this, many Americans pick Mexico to say goodbye to immense pain. Let’s explore the hip replacement surgery costs in Mexico by scrolling down.

What is the Cost of Hip Replacement Surgery in Mexico?

Regardless of the hip surgery type, Mexico is more affordable than the US and Canada. By opting for a hip replacement Mexico, you can save up to 80%.

For instance, the unilateral total hip replacement cost in Mexico is $9,000. This is over four times less than the US cost of $44,000.

If you consider hip replacement revision surgery in Mexico, it costs you only $25,000. While the same in the US will cost you $87,000. See the table below for detailed costs and savings on the new hip in Mexico.

Hip surgery cost in Mexico vs the US
Procedure US Mexico Savings
Unilateral total hip replacement $44,000 $9,000 80%
Bilateral total hip replacement $62,000 $29,000 53%
Robotic unilateral hip replacement $21,000 $11,000 48%
Hip resurfacing $34,000 $11,500 66%
Hip replacement revision surgery $87,000 $25,000 72%
#Prices are subject to change.

How To Pay for Hip Replacement Surgery in Mexico?

You can make payments via bank transfer, cheques, or credit cards at our partner clinics. If needed, Supermoney also offers financing options.

Curious about why costs are lower?

Why Does Hip Replacement Surgery in Mexico Cost So Low?

In general, the following factors influence the hip surgery cost:[1]

  • Hospital charges
  • Billing practices
  • Location-based expenses like rent
  • Hip implant costs
  • Malpractice insurance
  • Hospital services after surgery

However, it is different in Mexico. Here are the reasons for the low costs.

Medical personnel in Mexico earn less than in other countries. Mexican doctors make around 1/14th of the average monthly salary of US doctors.[2]

In addition, the cost of living in Mexico is lower in comparision to the US.[3] This results in reduced expenses for the doctors and subsequently leading to less cost for patients.

In Mexico, medical studies are free in public schools. Or the tution fees are low in private universities. There's no student debt here in Mexico. Since doctors don't have debt, it leads to lower costs.[4]

In the US, doctors order expensive tests to prevent lawsuits ahead of time.[5] However, it is not compulsory for doctors in Mexico to buy such insurance.[6] This saving passes on to the patients.

Contracts influence hip replacement costs in the US. It includes implants, medications, and other services.[7]

However, in Mexico, the doctors own their practice. The involvement of drug companies and pharmacists is less. Besides, there are no corporates to grab the profits. This reduces the expenses for doctors and hence the patients.

Hip replacement costs in Mexico: Reasons decoded

Reasons for Low Costs of Hip Replacement in Mexico

The cost of private hip replacement is expensive in the US. On the other hand, patients in Canada face longer wait times.[8]

In these conditions, the same service in Mexico is a better choice. Although, thinking about having surgery in Mexico could raise many questions. So here's a cool tidbit to ease your concerns!

Mexico: Hot Spot for Medical Tourism

Top Destination for Medical Tour!

Mexico is a preferred destination for outbound medical travelers from the US.[9]

Nearly 1.2 million Americans and Canadians travel to Mexico every year for surgeries.[10]

There are many key reasons to select Mexico for hip replacement. Explore them in detail here!

Mexico: Medical Tourism popular destination

Mexico: Hot Spot for Medical Tourism

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Why Consider Hip Replacement Surgery in Mexico?

Mexico receives global recognition for its medical facilities.[11] Here's why many Americans opt for hip replacement surgery in Mexico.

The US healthcare system is costly without enough health insurance for at-risk groups.[12]

At-risk groups include elderly patients. The cost comparison table shows that Mexican treatment prices are lower than the US costs.

In Canada, orthopedic surgery often requires long wait times of around 32.4 weeks.[13] This pushes patients to seek treatment in Mexico rather than waiting in pain.

You will find it easy to reach here from the US by air and road. Many US cities offer direct flights to major Mexican cities.

Besides, Mexico shares a border with the US. So, you can drive to Tijuana, it is just 20 miles from San Deigo, California.

Moverover, Mexican hospitals offer airport shuttle transport. So reaching our associated clinics will not be a hassle.

Mexico has top hospitals that have onsite labs equipped with advanced technology. You'll also get guest amenities, concierge, and language translator services.

Here in Mexico, you will get treated by highly qualified surgeons. They are associated with prestigious organisations like AAOS, AAHKS and MCOT.

They gained expertise through more than 15 years of experience. So, you are in safe hands!

Why choose hip surgery in Mexico?

Perks of Choosing Hip Replacement Surgery in Mexico

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Wondering why choose MTC for your hip replacement? We've got the answer!

Why Choose MTC for Hip Replacement Surgery in Mexico?

Choosing MTC for Hip replacement Mexico has several benefits for you. We work with the best hospitals and surgeons in Mexico and screen them based on:

  • Negotiated patient costs
  • Hospital and surgeon credentials
  • Local and global hospital recognition
  • Experience in treating patients from abroad

In addition, we have a long list of positive reviews as well. Furthermore, MTC offers medical tourism consultants to assist you. These consultants handle the majority of your treatment needs.

For this reason, thousands of happy clients have placed their trust in us for years. MTC has the highest A+ BBB ranking. With this screening level, we provide a safe surgical experience to the patient.

More than 16 years in Medical Tourism

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What Is Hip Replacement Surgery?

Hip replacement surgery refers to a procedure carried out to replace a damaged hip joint.

The artificial joint replaces the natural joint.[14]

Doctors suggest it when you experience pain and limited motion in the hip for different reasons.

Artificial implants replacing natural hip parts

Artficial Hip Joint

Modern day hip implants

Hip Implant Parts

Did You Know?

The first known observations of degenerative hip disease can be traced back to Neanderthal era.[15]

But it was only in 1891 that the first hip replacement succeeded when done by Dr. Themistocles Gluck.[16]

He used ivory implants for this. In 1940, Dr. Austin T. Moore introduced successful metallic implants.

These implants have improved over time due to scientific progress. Today, the AAOS regards this surgery as highly successful.[17]

Before moving forward, let's learn the hip joint structure and when replacement is required.

Structure of Hip Joint

The hip is a ball-and-socket joint and is one of the body's largest joints.

Cartilage covers the ball and socket bone surfaces. It helps in easy movement of the hip.

The synovial membrane, a thin tissue, surrounds the hip joint. In a healthy hip, this thin tissue produces fluid.

It lubricates the cartilage and does not cause friction during hip movement.[18]

Hip joint structure

Structure of Hip Joint

Before going further, checkout if hip replacement surgery in Mexico is for you.

Eligibility for Hip Replacement in Mexico

If you have these problems, you probably need it:

  • Your hip hurts even when you rest.
  • Hip pain makes walking and bending hard.
  • Medicine and walking aids don't help enough.
  • Stiff hip limits movement, even lifting the leg.

Source: WebMD[19]

What Causes a Damaged Hip Joint?

The common reason for a damaged hip joint and hip pain is arthritis. It can be osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, or traumatic arthritis. Other causes are osteonecrosis and childhood hip disease.


  • Age-related 'wear and tear' due to cartilage wear off in the joint
  • Individuals aged above 50 years and with an arthritis family history

Rheumatoid arthritis

  • An autoimmune disease with inflamed synovial membrane
  • Cartilage damage, pain, and stiffness

Post-traumatic arthritis

  • Result of a severe hip injury or fracture
  • Damaged cartilage causes hip pain and stiffness


  • Limited blood supply to the joint causes bone surface collapse, leading to arthritis

Childhood hip disease

  • Some infants and children have hip problems that cause arthritis later in life.

Source: AAOS[20]

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Who Is Not an Ideal Candidate for Hip Replacement Surgery?

In general, you are not an ideal candidate for hip replacement in Mexico if you:

  • Smoke[21]
  • Are overweight or obese[22]
  • Have suffered from cancer
  • Have had a heart attack or stroke
  • Has diabetes, high BP, or cholesterol[23]

Smokers cannot have hip replacement surgery

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Being obese makes you unfit for hip replacement surgery

Being Overweight Makes You Unfit

Daibetics are not ideal for hip replacement surgery

Diabetics: Not Ideal for Hip Surgery

Surgery is not suitable for patients with these higher risks conditions. However, your surgeon will evaluate your eligibility fbefore the surgery.

Hip replacement surgery comes in various types depending on the extent of hip damage. Let's now look into the different hip replacement surgeries available in Mexico.

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Types of Hip Replacement Surgery in Mexico

Your surgeon will suggest a suitable type based on age, gender, stature, and bone condition. Here are the various hip replacement surgeries you can expect in Mexico.

A total hip replacement surgery in Mexico is also called hip arthroplasty.

It is done on either the left or right hip joint.[24]

Metal, plastic, or ceramic parts replace damaged thigh bone head and socket.

It provides pain relief and easy movement. Further, it restores in normal functioning of the joint.

Total Hip replacement surgery

Total Hip Replacement Surgery

The head of the thigh bone is not removed. It is just trimmed and capped with a smooth metal covering.

The surgeon will remove and replace the damaged bone and cartilage with a metal shell [25]

It has lesser risk of hip dislocation. Besides it is easy to revise by simply exchanging the failed implants.

Hip Resurfacing surgery

Hip Resurfacing Surgery

However, it carries potential risks like:

  • Thigh bone neck fracture, later requiring a total hip replacement.
  • Metal ion risk: Release of metal ions due to friction between an implant's moving metal ball and socket.
  • It can lead to pain, swelling, and a need for revision.

It is also called the double hip replacement.

Your surgeon will replace both the left and right damaged hips in one surgery.

You don’t have to spend repeated hospitalizations for two separate surgeries.[26]

However, this is for you only if you can tolerate a longer surgery and challenging recovery.

Bilateral Hip Replacement

Bilateral Hip Replacement Surgery

It is like regular hip replacement, but with robot arms helping.

It provides an enhanced accuracy and precision than traditional methods.

However, treatment costs are relatively higher due to the equipment costs.

It requires specialized training for the surgeon.

Further, success depends on the surgeon's expertise.

Hence, it is important to check the surgeon's skill in handling such cases.[27]

Robot assisting hip replacement surgery

Robot Assisted Hip Replacemnet Surgery

Rarely, hip replacement surgery may fail over time for various reasons. The surgeon recommends a revision hip surgery to restore mobility in such cases.

They will remove some or all the prosthesis parts and replace them with new ones.[28]

Worried about the safety of hip replacement Mexico? We have covered you.

Is It Safe To Get Hip Replacement Surgery in Mexico?

  • Hip replacement in Mexico is safe when you research well and approach the best surgeon.
  • MTC partners only with top hospitals and surgeons after verifying the credentials, reviews, and ratings.
  • These Mexican hospitals have a journey of 50 years in patient care.
  • Moreover, they have in-house laboratories and cutting-edge technology for optimal results.
  • Further, MTC associates with the top, board-certified orthopedicians.
  • They have a proven history of treating thousands of patients. Moreover, they have been trusted for years.
  • Additionally, you will receive post-surgical follow-up care for upto 5 years*.
  • This guarantees your well-being during the surgery and throughout the recovery phase.
  • More importantly, nearly 16,396 hip replacement surgeries were carried out in Mexico solely in 2022.[29]
  • So you don’t have to worry about its safety when trusted by so many patients.
*Depends on the hospital/ surgeon you opt.

Wondering how the process goes? Scroll further down for deeper insights.

Hip Replacement Surgery in Mexico: Procedure

Note that your hip replacement in Mexico starts with a consultation. The doctor will evaluate you.

How will You be Evaluated for Hip Replacement Surgery?

Your doctor will do special tests, if you have hip pain and can't move well.

It includes checking:[30]

  • Medical history: Overall health and family illness history
  • Physical check: Assessing hip strength, movement, and alignment
  • X-rays and MRI: To see bone and tissue condition and the extent of damage
  • Hip pain level: Whether mild, moderate, or severe and its effect on the quality of daily life

Physical examination for hip replacement surgery

Physical Examination


A team led by an orthopedic surgeon will perform your hip replacement surgery in Mexico.

It will be performed under general anesthesia. It takes around 1-2 hours.

A double hip replacement surgery may take even longer.

  • The orthopedic surgeon will cut along the thigh's side to reach the hip joint.
  • Further, they will remove the damaged parts keeping the healthy parts intact.
  • They will fix the artificial hip implant and implant stem into your pelvic bone.
  • They will close the incisions.
  • The recovery phase will follow this.

Hip replacement surgery photos

Hip Replacement Surgery Photos

Source: NIH[31]

How Will I Recover, and Where Will I Go After the Hip Replacement Surgery?

It will take 2-3 months to recover after hip replacement surgery.

Usually, physical therapy begins in the hospital.

You may continue this back home or in a special rehabilitation unit.

Most patients are safe enough to go home directly after the surgery.

However, remember that you'll receive post-surgery precautions before hospital discharge.

Your surgeon will offer a brief overview. But here's a sneak peek, to help you care your new hip.

  • Avoid side lying while you rest.
  • Perform light physical exercises for 6-8 weeks.
  • Don't cross your legs or pressure the wound in the early stages.
  • Prepare yourself for an follow-up appointment after 6-8 weeks post-surgery.
  • Avoid low chairs and toilet seats for a few weeks. You may use elevated toilet seats.
  • Falling may damage your new hip. Use walking aids like crutches or walkers to avoid falls.
  • You may return to office-based work in 6 weeks. However, restrain from strenuous activities.

Avoid side lying

Avoid Side-Lying

Use walking aids

Use Walking Aids

Source: Healthline [32]

Contact your surgeon right away if you notice redness, swelling, or fluid buildup.

You might worry about pain if your surgeon suggests a hip replacement. Here's all you need to know about pain after hip surgery.

Pain Relief After Hip Replacement Surgery

After surgery, you will feel some pain, especially after activity.

Yet, there are several ways to lessen this pain. Your doctor may inform you about 'RICE'.

  • Rest: Just relax, listen to music, and meditate
  • Ice: Use ice packs every 30 mins to reduce swelling, don't directly touch the skin with ice
  • Compression: Wear compression stockings to lessen swelling
  • Elevation: Raise your leg on a pillow after lying down

If the pain continues, your surgeon may prescribe non-opioid drugs like Tylenol and NSAIDS. You'll use them for few weeks. Make sure to talk to your surgeon for better pain management before the procedure itself.

Source: AAHKS[33]

How to manage pain after hip replacement surgery in Mexico?

Pain Management After Hip Replacement Surgery in Mexico

You must be wondering about flying after hip replacement surgery in Mexico. Scroll further down and give it a read.

How Soon Can I Fly After Hip Replacement in Mexico?

The main concern about traveling after hip replacement is getting blood clots in your legs. It is also called DVT.[34] For this reason, most surgeons ask to wait 6 weeks before flying.

Talk to your surgeon, if clot risk is high for you.

However, keep in mind that you:

  • Don’t forget to take the blood thinners prescribed by your surgeon
  • Perform simple stretches, stand up, and move around during the flight

As a patient, you may not want to risk compromised care or an unskilled surgeon. Our partner hospitals and surgeons in Mexico for orthopedic treatment are chosen based on:

  • Patient reviews
  • Lower costs but quality care
  • Doctor skills and certification

Based on these factors, we suggest the hospitals for your hip replacement in Mexico.

Recommended Orthopedic Hospitals for Hip Replacement Mexico

Here are the top orthopedic hospitals for Hip replacement surgery in Mexico.

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Top Orthopedic Surgeons for Hip Replacement in Mexico

Dr. Jesus Irineo Gallarzo Ramirez

20+ years

MD Orthopedics


Orthopedic and Trauma Surgery


Universidad Autonoma de Cd. Juarez

  • Mexican board-certified surgeon
  • Member of MCOT and AAOS and can speak English and Spanish too
  • Expert in treating injuries of hip and knee
  • Performs knee, shoulder, ankle and hip arthroscopies in Cuidad Jaurez
Dr. Maximilian Greig

25+ years

MD Orthopedics


Orthopedic Surgery


National University of Mexico

  • Mexican board-certified orthopedic surgeon for hip replacement Puerto Vallarta
  • Area of expertise is vast and includes hip and knee replacement surgeries, sports medicine, and joint replacement
Dr. Hans Ruiz Serna
Dr. Hans Ruiz Serna

9+ years

MD Orthopedics


Orthopedic and Trauma Surgery


Autonomous University of Sinaloa (UAS), Culiacán, Sinaloa, Mexico

  • Performed over 2000 surgeries
  • Talented orthopedic trauma surgeon certified by the Mexican Council of Orthopedics and Traumatology, AC
  • Areas of expertise include techniques of fracture repair and joint replacement
Dr. Jesús Raúl Arjona Alcocer

10+ years

MD Orthopedics


Knee Surgery, Hip Surgery, Shoulder Surgery


Autonomous University of Yucatan

  • Mexican board-certified orthopedic surgeon with expertise in joint reconstructive and Arthroscopy
  • Treated over 17,000 patients and performed 3000+ procedures
  • Associated with FEMECOT, AMECRA, ISAKOS , MTA , and Mexican Society of Hip Surgery
Dr. Martha Carolina Hernández
Dr. Martha Carolina Hernández

10+ years

MD Orthopedics


Orthopedic and Spine Surgery


CDMX Health Secretariat

  • Trusted orthopedic surgeon in Puebla
  • Specialized in treating spinal diseases and arthritic conditions
  • Mexican board-certified orthopedic surgeon with 10 years of experience
  • Member of AMCICO

Check out these frequently asked questions. You might discover something relevant to you.


A hip replacement surgery cost in Mexico ranges between $9,000 and $29,000. The lowest cost is $9,000 for a total hip replacement and $29,000 for a bilateral hip replacement.

Our associated hospitals in Mexico are well equipped to deal with complex surgeries. They have cutting-edge technology and onsite labs. They employ skilled staff ensuring the best results.

Further, these hospitals, have ISO-9002 certified operating rooms. They adhere to the highest level of safety standards. The quality of care provided at these Mexican hospitals aligns with the international norms.

Your concerns about getting surgery done away from your homeland are well understood. We urge you to ask us questions about things that concern you the most.

Further, we will provide all relevant information to the best of our knowledge. Additionally, we also urge you to check patient reviews and decide wisely.

You need to stay in or near the hospital for 1-2 days.[35] Your surgeon will let you know about the length of your stay. Once back home, we urge you to keep in touch with us.

The chance of your body rejecting the components/ implants is rare. The body tolerates the materials used in routine hip replacement surgery.

Hip replacements have been done for decades now.  The success rate is 95% for 10 years and 80-85% for 20 years after surgery.[36]

Moreover, Mexican orthopedic surgeons carry out thorough evaluation to eliminate potential risks. Hence, they have a track record of performing thousands of successful surgeries.

Metal allergies rarely cause hip replacement failures.[37] We recommend you discuss with your surgeon if you are allergic and sensitive to metal.

The risk of infection after a hip replacement in Mexico is low. Less than 1 in 1000 patients need a revision for infection.[38]

Moreover, Mexican hospitals prioritize safety, reducing infection risks. They have ISO 9002-certified operating rooms.

Furthermore, they adhere to international safety standards. Therefore, the chances of infection are minimal for hip replacement surgery in Mexico.

Getting hip replacement in Mexico does not take long wait times as it does in Canada.This is one of the key reasons that people travel south to Mexico for hip  replacement.

You will receive treatment at your convenience with our partner hospitals and surgeons in Mexico. All you need to do is simply contact us and we will help you through the process.


Getting your hip replacement surgery in Mexico has many cool perks. You'll get top-notch care without breaking the bank.

Plus, a nice vacation to treat yourself after the surgery! Feel the joy of moving with ease as we assist you in a future filled with fresh energy.

Visit Mexico for hip surgery!

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