Total Hip Replacement in Costa Rica
A hip replacement is a critical surgery for people with hip pain caused by degenerative joint disease, rheumatoid arthritis or osteoarthritis, fractures, or birth deformities. Hip replacements are normally age-related – mostly performed on people aged 60 to 80 years old. However, hip replacements also can be performed on younger patients if necessary.
Hip replacement surgery involves replacing your natural hip withan artificial one, usually made of metal and durable plastic, sometimes ceramic. These artificial hip joints are known as prostheses. Hip replacement surgery restores joint motion and regenerates muscle and ligament function. Reed more
Many people considering hip replacement surgery look to Costa Rica to have the procedure done. Hip replacements in Costa Rica are a smart alternative to high-priced orthopedic surgeries in North America that are often not covered by insurance.
Hip replacement surgery in Costa Rica is a safe, effective and affordable orthopedic surgery performed by highly-skilled surgeons. There are excellent facilities in which to stay during your initial recovery, and the country has many highly-qualified physical therapy centers.
How is Hip Replacement surgery done?
Hip replacement surgery involves replacing the head of the femoral bone – the “ball” of your thighbone – with a metal ball. The metal ball attaches to a metal post that fits into your thighbone. A plastic and metal socket is implanted into your pelvic bone to replace the damaged socket. The prosthetics, which look and act like the natural design of your hip, fit together and function like a normal hip joint.
Artificial hip joints come in many designs. Your surgeon will discuss with you to decide which hip joint is the best for you. Prostheses are made from durable long-wearing plastic, ceramic and metals, including stainless steel and titanium, and are biocompatible – meaning they are designed to be accepted by your body.
What is recovery like after a Hip Replacement in Costa Rica?
Hip replacement surgery is performed in a hospital and requires that you stay for several days after the surgery. Immediately after surgery, you will be required to lie flat with a pillow between your legs. This is to help keep your hips in the correct position to allow your body to heal. An injection is normally given to minimize the chances of blood clots forming in the legs.
Recovery time for a hip replacement operation can be several months. For the first 4 – 6 weeks after surgery, you will need to walk with the aid of crutches, a walker or a cane. This is to make sure that your body is properly supported and that you are not putting too much weight on the new hip joint too soon. A patient will normally have to spend 6 –
8 weeks in physical therapy, which can be done in your home country. Most patients begin physical rehabilitation within 2 days after surgery with walking and hip exercises.
Benefits of Hip Replacement surgery
- Significant pain relief
- Improved mobility
- Restores full joint function
- Better overall quality of life
- Hip replacement surgery has a more than 95% success rate
- More than 90% of hip replacements still function after 15 –20 years
Hip Replacements in Costa Rica
If you are interested in getting a hip replacement in Costa Rica, please fill out the “Help Me Find a Doctor” form. A participating medical specialist will contact you about your medical needs.
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