Knee Replacement in Cancun
Are you experiencing knee pain but unable to afford the price of surgery in your home country? Consider doing your knee replacement in Cancun, Mexico.
In Cancun, you can get world-class care without breaking the bank. Keep reading to learn how much you can save.
Patient Testimonial: Total Knee Replacement in Cancun, Mexico
Cost of Knee Replacement in Cancun
Knee replacement surgery costs far less in Cancun than it does in the United States. In some cases, it’s possible to save over 60% on the same procedure.
Knee Replacement Surgery Comparison (USD) – USA vs. Cancun, Mexico
|Total knee replacement (unilateral)||$19,995 – $30,000||$15,800|
|Total knee replacement (bilateral)||$40,000 – $70,000||$17,500 – $22,500|
|Partial knee replacement (unilateral)||$18,995 – $25,000||Request price|
|Partial knee replacement (bilateral)||$30,000 – $46,000||Request price|
|Revision knee replacement surgery (unilateral)||$34,000 – $50,000||Request price|
|Revision knee replacement surgery (bilateral)||$40,000 – $73,696||Request price|
|Minimally invasive knee replacement surgery||$18,500 – $20,000||Request price|
|*Unilateral – one knee; Bilateral – both knees|
**Prices are subject to change. Fill our online quote form for the latest prices and specials.
A single knee replacement cost is about $15,000 in Cancun, compared to over $20,000 in the US.
Hospital in Cancun for Knee Replacement
The top hospital in Cancun is Galenia Hospital. It is less than a 20-minute drive from Cancun International Airport.
Galenia Hospital is one of seven Mexican healthcare facilities accredited by Joint Commission International (JCI).JCI JCI-Accredited Organizations “Below is the complete list of current JCI-accredited organizations…hospital Galenia…” View in Article It is also recognized by
- Accreditation Canada International (ACI), and
- The National System for the Certification of Medical Care Establishments (SiNaCEAM)
As Cancun is a major tourist destination, the doctors at Galenia have experience treating patients worldwide.
Key features include:
- International standard of care
- Separate department for international patients
- Cooperation with foreign insurance companies
- Board-certified doctors from over 70 specialties
- Assistance with accommodations and transportation
- Private rooms with phone and internet
- English-speaking staff
- On-site pharmacy
Best Surgeons in Cancun for Knee Replacement
Dr. Jesús Raúl Arjona Alcocer is a board-certified physician specializing in joint reconstructive surgery and arthroscopy. He has performed over 3,000 operations.
Dr. Arjona Alcocer’s credentials include:
- Board-certified by the Mexican Council of Orthopedics and Traumatology
- Member of the Mexican Association of Joint Reconstructive Surgery and Arthroscopic Surgery
- Member of The College of Traumatologists of Quintana Roo
- Member of the International Society of Arthroscopy
Knee Replacement Surgery Option in Cancun
The surgeon removes damaged sections of your knee during a knee replacement and replaces them with a metal or plastic implant. There are several types of knee replacement surgery.
Total Knee Replacement (TKR)
The TKR is the most common type of knee surgery.
As the name suggests, it replaces the entire knee joint instead of just one part of it.
Specifically, a TKR addresses the inside (medial), outside (lateral) parts of your knee, and the cartilage under your kneecap.
Total Knee Replacement Patient Animation
Video Courtesy: Exactech
Partial Knee Replacement (PKR)
A PKR targets only one compartment of your knee.
It is a good option for people whose knee pain is confined to a specific area.
Compared to a TKR, a PKR is less complex and invasive. Thus, the recovery time is shorter.
Partial Knee Replacement Patient Animation
Video Courtesy: Understand
PKRs are less prevalent than TKRs, representing about 5% of knee replacement surgeries.
Minimally Invasive Knee Replacement
Traditionally, knee replacement surgery requires a large incision (8-10 inches) down the center of your knee.
With a minimally invasive knee replacement, the incision is 4-6 inches.AAOS Minimally Invasive Total Knee Replacement “Minimally invasive knee replacement is performed through a shorter incision—typically 4 to 6 inches…” View in Article
This has the effect of reducing pain and accelerating recovery.
Your surgeon will help you determine if you’re a good candidate for a minimally invasive knee replacement.
Minimally Invasive Knee Replacement
Video Courtesy: OACMorthopedics
Revision Knee Replacement
Revision knee replacement is the clinical term for a second knee replacement. It becomes necessary when, over time, the artificial joint from a previous knee replacement fails.
The old implant is removed during a revision knee replacement, and a new one is put in. This typically requires the use of specialized implants that provide additional bone support.AAOS Revision Total Knee Replacement “In most cases, he or she will use specialized implants with longer, thicker stems that fit deeper inside the bone for extra support.” View in Article
Plan Your Knee Replacement Surgery in Cancun
The duration of your surgery and recovery will depend on the type of knee replacement you get.
Most knee replacements are inpatient, meaning you will spend some time in the hospital. See the below table for a general idea of what to expect.
|Procedure||Surgery time||Hospital recovery|
|Total knee replacement||1-2 hours||1-3 days|
|Partial knee replacement||1-2 hours||1-3 days|
|Revision knee replacement||2-3 hours||1-3 days|
|Minimally invasive knee replacement||1-2 hours||1-2 days|
In addition, you should plan to stay a few nights in a hotel, both before and after your surgery. The hospital will help you arrange for the appropriate accommodations.
The following testimonials are from patients of Dr. Jesús Raúl Arjona Alcocer.
Knee replacement surgery is expensive. If you plan to self-pay for the procedure, medical tourism in Mexico could be your best option.
By traveling to Cancun for your knee replacement, you’ll save big on costs without sacrificing the quality of care.
To know more about our payment programs, and travel package plans, you can connect with our experts.