A meniscus resection surgery, also called a meniscectomy, is a procedure used on damaged knees in order to alleviate pain, discomfort, or swelling typically caused by an injury in an accident or an activity.
Unfortunately, for some people, the cost of the surgery, even with health insurance, is prohibitive. Many Canadians simply can’t wait. That’s why they look for options abroad and if that’s your case, there is no better and safer option than to travel to Costa Rica and get the treatment at a fraction of the price.
The meniscus is a cartilage tissue located in the knee that prevents grinding between the bones. Often, in sports or accidents, it is torn and causes pain. Once medication and physical therapy have failed to eliminate the pain, it is necessary to remove it totally or partially, a process known as meniscus resection.
The doctor will ask you to undergo certain tests in order to evaluate the damage caused and how much of the meniscus should be removed. He will decide if the meniscus that will remain should be stretched and how. Since movement might be affected in the long run, young people or people that work in strenuous activities require keeping the removal of the meniscus tissue to a minimum.
Patients are typically able to stand up a day or two after the surgery. However, recovery requires a few weeks and a therapy or exercise program, although age and condition of the patient will be a factor.
While the cost of the surgery is an issue, it’s not the only one (or even the most important). Your health and well being is the most important concern. In Costa Rica, you will get the procedure performed under the same quality standards that are typical in the US, with an experienced and trained surgeon that speaks English.
The average cost of a meniscus resection surgery is $5,300 US dollars. Your package will also include:
Private transportation (1 airport and 3 hospital roundtrip transfers)
Hospital Costs (surgery room, equipment, supplies, medications, etc.)
Hospitalization if needed (companion can stay at no extra cost)
Medical team fees (surgeon, assistant and anesthesiologist)
Regular discharge medication
Pre-operative exams (blood tests, EKG and an evaluation by an internist)
Pre-op and Post-op appointment with lead surgeon
Please keep in mind that these prices do not include the costs incurred in case of medical complications, extended hospital stays, blood transfusions, etc., which although rare, can occur and therefore could increase the final price.
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