Hip Replacement

Overview of Procedure | Common Complications | Report an Incident


Overview

What is hip replacement?

Hip replacement is a type of orthopedic surgery in which the natural hip joint is replaced with a synthetic prosthesis. It can involve replacing just the ball joint at the top of the femur (thighbone) or additionally replacing the socket joint on the pelvis. It is usually performed to relieve severe arthritis or to repair a fractured hip.

What countries are the most popular destinations for this procedure?

Mexico, Costa Rica, India, Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia.

What is the range of prices?

The average cost in the U.S. is around $40,000, but can vary from around $20,000 to over $70,000,

$14,000 in the U.K.,

$14,000 to $28,000 in Australia,

$11,000 to $19,000 in Singapore,

$9,500 to $13,500 in Mexico,

$7,500 to $17,500 in Thailand,

$7,500 to $13,000 in Costa Rica,

$5,000 to $7,000 in India,

$4,600 to $8,000 in Malaysia.


Complications

What are the common complications if the procedure is performed abroad?

Hip replacement is a major surgery, so even under optimal conditions it carries risks of major

complications. These include infection, blood clots, poor fit, fracture of healthy bone, and reactions to anaesthesia.

This is especially true when combined with the stress of international travel after surgery. Complications are also more likely if the procedure is performed in a facility that lacks international accreditation or fails to meet accepted standards of hygiene, modernity, or professionalism.

Horror story

Infection is a major cause of hip implant failure. In the U.S. and Western Europe, rates of infection from this surgery are typically less than 1%, often much less. A 2017 news story related that the infection rates in India are more than six times higher, often making a second surgery necessary.