Knee Arthroscopy India package: $ 3,200 ~ $ 4,500
Wockhardt Hospital [affiliated to Harvard Medical & accredited by JCI]
Apollo Hospital [collaboration with John Hopkins, USA, & accredited by JCI. Largest hospital group in Aisa]
Knee Arthroscopy Mexico package: $ 4,930 ~ $ 6,880
Hospital Angeles, Tijuana [state-of-the-art technology & world-class specialists]
Hospital Star Medica or Hospital Angeles, Ciudad Juarez [ultra-modern hospitals]
Knee Arthroscopy Costa Rica package: $5,300
Hospital Clinica Biblica [JCI-accredited and affiliated with the Ochsner Medical Institute & Tulane University School of Medicine, USA]
Knee arthroscopy is a keyhole or minimally invasive operation performed to look inside the knee joint and repair it to alleviate knee pain or other related problems. Knee arthroscopy is also done to diagnose problems like arthritis and inflammation and to take small tissue samples (biopsies) which help to diagnose infections.
The knee is the largest joint in the body and also one of the most vulnerable. The femur, the tibia, and the patella are joined together at the knee. The surfaces where the femur, tibia, and patella touch are covered with articular cartilage. Articular cartilage cushions the bones and helps them move smoothly. The tough fibrous cartilage tissue, called the lateral and medial menisci, absorb shock and stabilize the knee.
Through images from the arthroscope (viewed on a monitor), the orthopedic surgeon will check the state of the knee and decide if repair is required and what kind of repair is required. Surgical instruments to perform the repair are inserted through the third incision and the repair done.
The fluid is then drained out and the incisions are closed with steristrips and the area is bandaged. The procedure will be over in 30-60 minutes, depending on the extent of repair inside the joint.
Knee arthroscopy is generally done on an outpatient basis, that is, hospital stay is not required. Below is a list of some precautions to be taken or what to expect before knee arthroscopy:
Though knee arthroscopy is usually done on an outpatient basis, at home you will need to rest your knee and take some precautions as advised by your doctor. Some aftercare tips are given below:
Knee arthroscopy is generally a safe surgical procedure. For most patients, the benefits of knee arthroscopy are greater than the disadvantages. However, all surgery has risks. Below are some possible side-effects and complications of knee arthroscopy:
As knee arthroscopy is a minimally invasive surgery, the incisions are small. Hence, it is less painful, has lesser chances of infection, and makes for faster recovery.
Knee arthroscopy is not, obviously, the only way to treat or diagnose knee problems. Non-surgical methods like MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) can be used to diagnose knee problems. Surgery for knee pain is the last resort after conventional non-surgical methods like medication and physiotherapy have been used.
In the US, knee arthroscopy can cost up to $20,000. Some health plans do not cover the plan deeming knee surgery to be an elective procedure unless in the case of an accident, while some cover it partially. This makes knee surgery an expensive affair even for the insured, not to talk about un-insured people.
Mexico, Costa Rica and India offer knee arthroscopy at a very low cost, while keeping the quality of medical care the same as that available in the US. Hence, they are popular choices of US citizens for knee surgery.
Orthopedic surgeons in Mexico, Costa Rica, and India have immense experience as the sheer number of cases they deal with is huge. They are board-certified and are fluent in English. The tourist hospitals in the medical tourism destinations are JCI-accredited, thus ensuring high rates of success and patient satisfaction.
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