Hip Replacement x-rayFor some people who suffer from chronic pain caused by arthritis or injury, total hip replacement surgery may be the only way to restore the freedom to walk, sit, put on shoes and clothes, or even rest without excruciating pain.

Many patients in the US just can’t afford the surgery they need to live a normal life. And Canadians often simply can’t wait, often a year or more, for much needed relief. Fortunately, they have an alternative: fly to Costa Rica and obtain the care they need at an affordable price, and without sacrificing quality.

Pain in the hip is typically caused by wear or injury to the hip joint, which is a “ball and socket” type joint. Usually arthritis or trauma are the causes of the degeneration of bone or cartilage in the area. This makes the bones of the hip and femur rub or grate against each other, causing the sensation of pain.

Total hip replacement surgery involves replacing the damaged tissue with artificial parts, which will interact smoothly and eliminate the sensation of pain. The procedure takes about one or two hours, and it’s followed by two or three days of recovery in the hospital. Once discharged, a patient typically needs to rest a few days in a nice hotel or surgery retreat before taking the flight back home.

Total recovery can take from 1 to 3 months, but a lot depends on the age and general health condition of the patient. Almost all patients have to follow a specific exercise routine to increase their chances of total recovery and to prevent the formation of blood clots.

Since it’s a standard procedure, the only downside of the surgery is its cost. However, even with flight and hotel included, flying to Costa Rica for a total hip replacement surgery is still a much more affordable option.

The average cost of a total hip replacement surgery is $15,750 US dollars (or $25,950 US dollars for replacement of both hips). Your package will also include:

  • 8 physical therapy sessions
  • Private transportation (1 airport and 3 hospital round-trip 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.

If you are interested in total hip replacement surgery in Costa Rica and a life free of pain, please fill out the “Find a Doctor” form. A participating medical specialist will reply.