Consider undergoing Hip Replacement Surgery in Mexico, if your hip has been damaged by arthritis or fracture. Departing from the USA or Canada for a Hip Replacement Surgery in Mexico does not equate to less quality, but it means similar quality at low cost.
What is the Cost of Hip Replacement Surgery in Mexico?
The cost of Total Hip Replacement Surgery in Mexico is not more than 16,000 – 16,500 US dollars. The cost of Hip Resurfacing is not more than 17,500 US dollars. This cost is inclusive, which means it covers all the medical, surgical, and logistic costs at the hospital in Mexico.
Hip Replacement Surgery Cost Comparison (USD)
|Total Hip Replacement||$30,000||$24,000||$16,300|
#Costs for the USA and Canada are taken from different online sources.
While the surgery is very expensive in the USA, patients have to wait longer in Canada for several reasons. As seen in the table above, you can be sure to save 40 to 65 % of what you pay back home for the same service. This cost includes using only FDA-approved materials and implants.
Why Consider Hip Replacement Surgery in Mexico?
Mexico receives global recognition for improving its medical facilities. Newsweek
THOUSANDS OF AMERICANS ARE CROSSING THE BORDER INTO MEXICO EVERY YEAR TO GET AFFORDABLE MEDICAL TREATMENT
” Addressing potential safety concerns, Woodman said that while there are potential risks with receiving treatment outside of the U.S., Mexico is increasingly gaining international recognition for improving its medical facilities, many of which are “world class”
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Going for surgery in Mexico can bring many questions to your mind, especially if you do not know much about the quality of healthcare in Mexico.
There are many key reasons to select Mexico for the Hip Replacement.
Hot Medical Tourism Destination
- Mexico is the second major country for medical tourism in the world, just after Thailand.
- Records around 1.2 million travelers every year, mainly from the USA and Canada.
Proximity to the USA
- Shares border with the USA
- Easy approach from the USA by air and road
- Hospitals here provide a full range of services, right from airport shuttle transport
Numerous Reasons for Lower Costs
Though the US has the best healthcare system, it is very costly and without enough health insurance for at-risk groups. At-risk groups include older patients.
In Canada, there is a long wait time due to factors, such as fewer doctors and hospital beds, inadequate funding for surgery, and the increased demand for procedures. These factors push patients to seek treatment in Mexico.
Low salaries of doctors in Mexico. There is no student debt because medical studies in Mexico are either in free public schools or in private universities with much lower tuition costs. No debt to the doctor means a lesser cost to the patient.
Malpractice insurance is not needed
- In the USA, physicians order costly tests to proactively save themselves against probable lawsuits. However, doctors in Mexico do not purchase such insurance.
- This saving is passed on to the patients.
No third parties
- Doctors in Mexico own their practice and their attention is on patient care.
- There are fewer distractions from pharma companies and pharmacists.
- With no need to hire people to manage them and no corporates to grab the profits, doctors and hence patients, have less expense.
Recently Introduced New Type of Auto Insurance
Mexico instituted a new policy that required USA and Canada vehicles to have auto liability insurance from a Mexican insurer.
A new type of auto insurance was recently launched, specifically aimed at medical tourists. Newsweek
MEXICO INSURANCE COMPANY ROLLS OUT ‘MEDICAL TOURISM’ COVERAGE FOR AMERICANS SEEKING AFFORDABLE TREATMENT SOUTH OF BORDER
” Founded in 1999, Mexpro’s “MexVisit” plan provides auto liability and full coverage insurance for drivers, with the inclusion of a “medical evacuation” offering, which insures travellers up to $500,000 to return to a hospital of their choice in the event of an emergency while on the road. It also includes roadside and legal assistance, with a “live case monitoring contact center” available 24-hours a day, 365 days a year, according to Mexpro’s website.”
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- The plan called “MexVisit” provides auto liability and full coverage insurance.
- Includes “medical evacuation” that offers insured travellers up to 500,000 US dollars to return to their chosen hospital, in case of a road emergency.
- Includes roadside and legal assistance, with a “live case monitoring contact center” available 24/7.
- Plan costs less than 100 dollars.
Why Choose MTC for Hip Replacement Surgery in Mexico?
Choosing MTC for Hip Replacement has several benefits for you. We work with the best hospitals in Mexico and screen them on the basis of:
- Hospital and Surgeon Credentials
- Track record and experience in treating patients from the US and Canada
- Hospital recognition – Both local and global
- Negotiated cost to the patient
- Besides, at MTC, we have
- Bilingual case managers
- Thousands of happy clients
- Highest A+ Better Business Bureau (BBB) ranking
- A long list of positive reviews
- Provide free concierge services
This kind of screening is enough to provide a safe surgical experience to the patient. Most importantly, the costs are low and our manager largely takes care of most of your needs related to the treatment.
What is Hip Replacement Surgery?
Hip Replacement Surgery refers to a procedure carried out to replace a damaged hip joint. The natural old joint is replaced with an artificial joint.
Hip Replacement Surgery was first performed in 1960. The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) finds it to be one of the most successful surgeries.
In the past six decades, continuous research and improvements in the procedure have greatly increased the effectiveness of the surgery.
The hip is a ball-and-socket type joint and one of the body’s largest joints. The bone surfaces of the ball and socket are covered with cartilage that helps to move 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. However, when one has pain and limited movement in the hip, for varied reasons, Hip Replacement Surgery is advised.
What Causes a Damaged Hip Joint?
The main reason for a damaged hip joint is hip pain for a long time. Most of the time, this pain is because of arthritis, such as Osteoarthritis (OA), Rheumatoid arthritis (RA), or Traumatic arthritis. Some other causes are osteonecrosis and childhood hip disease.
- Age-related “wear and tear” type of arthritis
- Frequently seen in those with a family history of arthritis
- Occurs in people over 50 years of age
- Often due to wearing away of cartilage in the joint
- An autoimmune disease
- Synovial membrane gets inflamed, leading to damage of the cartilage, and thus, pain and stiffness
- Result of a serious hip injury or fracture
- Damaged cartilage leads to hip pain and stiffness
- Limited blood supply to the joint causing surface of the bone to collapse, resulting in arthritis
Childhood Hip Disease
- Some infants and children have hip problems. Even if those problems are addressed at that age, they may still cause arthritis later in life.
Types of Hip Replacement Surgery
If you have an advanced form of arthritis of the hip, your doctor may suggest a Hip Replacement surgery. It can either be a total hip replacement or hip resurfacing surgery.
Your doctor will study your case; and suggest which type of surgery would be best for you. This suggestion depends upon your age, your gender, your stature, and the condition of your bones.
Total Hip Replacement
Both, the head of the thighbone and the damaged socket, are removed and replaced with metal, plastic, or ceramic components/ implants
- Provides pain relief
- Enhances mobility
- Restores normal function of the joint
Hip Resurfacing Surgery
The head of the thigh bone is not removed, but it is just trimmed and capped with a smooth metal covering. While trimming, the damaged bone and cartilage within the socket is removed and replaced with a metal shell.
- Easy to revise, if need be
- Easier to exchange the implants that fail after hip resurfacing
- Lesser risk of hip dislocation (however, this is still under debate among doctors)
- More normal and natural walking pattern
- Possibility of thigh bone neck fracture, later requiring a Total Hip Replacement
- Metal ion risk
- Since a metal ball moves within a metal socket, there can be a release of ions due to friction between two surfaces.
- This can lead to pain and swelling and finally, a need for repeat surgery.
How will You be Evaluated for Hip Replacement Surgery?
If you present with pain in the hip and limited mobility, your doctor will carry out certain exams and tests. You will be assessed on the basis of several components:
- General health and family history of the illness
- The extent of hip pain – mild, moderate, and severe
- Effect on quality of daily life
Assessment of hip mobility, strength, and alignment
To provide a clear picture of the extent of damage and deformity in the hip
MRI scan to determine the condition of the bone and soft tissues of your hip
Is Hip Replacement Surgery for You?
If you respond “Yes” to any of the questions below, then you most likely need it!
- Do you have so much hip pain that you cannot even walk or bend?
- Is there hip pain even when you are resting?
- Do you have stiffness in your hip that limits you from moving and even lifting your leg?
- Is the pain relief from medicines or walking support not enough?
Pain Relief After Hip Replacement Surgery
Discomfort and pain may be a concern for you if your surgeon has suggested you to undergo a Hip Replacement Surgery. At some point after surgery, you will experience some level of pain, mostly after activity. However, there are many simple ways to reduce pain.
Your doctor may inform you about “RICE” after surgery. RICE stands for:
- Rest – Simply relaxing; Listening to Music; Practicing Meditation
- Ice – Reducing swelling by applying ice packs every 30 minutes and not directly touching the skin
- Compression – Compression Stockings to decrease swelling
- Elevation – Prop the leg on a pillow after lying down
If pain persists, your surgeon may prescribe non-opioid drugs. For severe pain, they may be needed for the first few weeks.
You must speak to your surgeon before surgery to improve pain control after surgery.
Who is an Ideal Candidate for Hip Replacement Surgery?
An ideal person for Hip Replacement Surgery is one who has:
- Hip pain and disability for a long time
- Person of any age and weight, though most are in between the ages of 50 and 80 years
- Young patients with childhood arthritis
- Elderly with OA or RA
Who is Not an Ideal Candidate for Hip Replacement Surgery?
In general, any candidate who:
- Is overweight or obese
- Has any other medical conditions, such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol
- Has a previous heart attack or stroke
Patients who have these conditions may not be ideal patients for the surgery because they will have an increased risk of complications. However, your surgeon will try to decrease this risk before the surgery. He will take the help of other doctors or specialists.
Recommended Hospitals in Mexico
Hip replacement surgery is a non-selective surgery. This means you don’t select whether you want to go for the surgery, but you have to.
As a patient, it is expected that you do not want to compromise on the quality of care and the skills and experience of the surgeon.
Our suggestion of the Best Hospitals for Hip Replacement Surgery in Mexico is based on:
- Doctor Credentials and Accreditation
- Patient testimonials
- Lower costs, but quality care
Based on these factors, we suggest these hospitals:
- Angeles Health International in Tijuana
- Clinica de Rodilla Y Hombro in Tijuana
- Max Greig’s Orthopedic Hospital in Puerto Vallarta
- Hospital De La Familia in Mexicali
Angeles Health International, Tijuana
Established in January 2006, Angeles Health International Hospital is in Tijuana. The clinic is in a commercial place close to movie halls, malls, and American Cuisine restaurants.
The Hospital is:
- Mexico’s largest private hospital network.
- 28 hospitals and 15,000 specialists.
- JCI accredited entity.
- Conveniently located near major US cities and airports.
- Just 50 minutes from San Diego Airport and five minutes from International Border.
The Surgeon who performs Hip Replacement Surgeries at Angeles Health is Dr. Dario E. Garin Zertuche who is:
- Trained at the Universidad Autonoma de, Baja California.
- Arthroscopy and Joint Reconstruction specialist.
- Chief of Orthopedics at the Hospital.
- Visiting Resident at the Sharp Memorial Hospital, University of California, San Diego.
- Member of several known National and Global Associations in Orthopedics.
The Hospital offers:
- State-Of-The-Art facilities with advanced medical equipment from Philips and Siemens trusted and branded drugs, and top medical supplies from 3M and J and J.
- Private well-furnished patient rooms with en-suite bathrooms.
- Private entry to all suites.
- Pick up and Drop service from San Diego Airport by hospital shuttle bus.
- US-based Case Managers – To make the medical travel process easy and comfortable for the patient.
Hip Replacement Surgery Package at the Hospital includes:
- Hospitalization for 3 or 4 days
- All essential laboratory and radiology tests before surgery
- All procedures including services of other related specialties
Clinica de Rodilla Y Hombro, Tijuana
The surgical center run by Dr. Eliseo Mora Sanchez offers a range of orthopedic surgical treatments, one of which is Hip Replacement Surgery.
Dr. Sanchez is:
- 35+ years experienced
- Member of AAOS
For international patients, the clinic offers a package that consists of:
- All costs related to the hip replacement
- On-site transportation
- Dedicated patient co-ordinator
- Full patient management
- Personalized after-surgery follow up
Dr. Max Greig’s Orthopedic Clinic
The clinic is located in Puerto Vallarta, the beach resort city in Jalisco state. It is close to hotels suited for families, single adults, and LGBT people, and restaurants that serve the best Mexican food.
The lead surgeon, Dr. Maximilian Andrew Greig is a Mexican Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeon. Along with his highly educated team, he performs various orthopedic surgeries and procedures, such as hip replacement surgery, knee replacement surgery, sports medicine, joint replacement, and many more.
Read his full profile here.
The clinic has:
- 22 private patient rooms with adjustable beds and special types of equipment for Hip Replacement Surgery patients
- Rooms include sofa couch for visitors; private restrooms, AC, large screen TV, and High-speed WiFi
- Modern hospital with all equipment and imaging facilities based on the US and Global standards
- Bilingual staff
- Dr. Max and other doctors routinely attend CMEs and keep themselves updated on the latest on this topic
Hospital De La Familia
Hospital de la Familia was first started in 2003 and is located in Mexicali, Baja California. It is a multi-specialty hospital. It has been featured in global publications such as The New York Times, French TV, Current TV, and China news.
The hospital offers:
- 23 private well-furnished patient rooms
- 5 Surgery rooms, pre-surgery, and post-surgery recovery rooms
- ICU units
- Cutting-edge technology in Imaging
- Located just 200 yards from Calexico, Ca East Border
The lead surgeons here for Hip Replacement Surgery are:
Dr. César Da Costa Gómez
- Member of the Mexican Orthopedic Traumatology Society
- Member of AAOS
- Recognized for his outstanding work as a teacher in the association of general Doctors
- Invited to take part in five publications in Orthopedic Mexican magazine
- Speaker for Municipal Congress of Prevention of Sports Lessons
Picture – Dr. César Da Costa Gómez
Dr. Juan Antonio Bustamante
- Member of Society of Orthopedics and Member of AAOS
- Member of Latin American Society of Orthopedic and Traumatology
- Known Surgeon with 20+ years of experience
Picture – Dr. Juan Antonio Bustamante
Are Mexican Hospitals that do Hip Replacements Equipped to deal with Complex Surgeries?
Yes, the quality of care provided at hospitals in Mexico is well comparable with international standards.
I have Concerns Undergoing Surgery in a Foreign Land. How do You Address my Concerns?
Your anxiety and concerns in getting your surgery done away from your homeland is well understood. We urge you to ask us questions about things that concern you the most.
All relevant information will be provided to you to the best of our knowledge. We also urge you to check patient testimonials and make an informed choice.
Once I Return Home after Surgery, How Will You Handle Follow-ups?
You will be required to stay in or near the hospital for the least number of days. This will be suggested by your surgeon. He/ She will let you know about the length of your stay. Once back home, we urge you to keep in touch with us.
In an unlucky situation, if there is any complication, we will evaluate the situation and deal with it accordingly.
Why do I book my Hip Replacement through MTC, if I think it is Cheaper if I do it Myself?
Our manager will be in touch with you. He will be in touch right from the time you book a service with us till you are safely back home.
We will prepare a full itinerary for you that includes your consultation and surgery, and stay here in Mexico. We will take care of most of your errands.
Once you are back home, you need to keep in touch with us all through your healing period. If you have any questions and concerns, we urge you to contact us and we will respond promptly.
Where will I go After the Hip Replacement Surgery?
In the past, many patients used to directly go to Rehabilitation or a Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) after the surgery. However, this does not lead to better outcomes.
Most patients are safe enough to go home directly after the surgery. RICE, Exercise, Physical therapy and Pain medicines are enough during your recovery period.
What is the Chance That my Body Rejects the Components?
The chances of your body rejecting the components/ implants are rare. This is because the materials used in typical hip replacement surgery are well tolerated by the body.
Hip Replacement is being done for decades now and there has been a long track record of successful replacement.
Can I have Hip Replacement Surgery in Mexico if I am Allergic to Metal?
Yes, you can have a Hip Replacement, even if you are allergic and sensitive to metal. This is because metal reactions are very rare. Yet, if you feel concerned, you should speak with your surgeon.