What is hip resurfacing?
Hip resurfacing is a type of surgery that is an alternative to hip replacement. It involves replacing the natural bone surfaces on the ball of the femur (thighbone) and the socket of the pelvis with metal surfaces. It requires the removal of much less bone than traditional hip replacement surgery. It is usually performed to treat arthritis or joint injury.
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 $28,000, but can vary from around $12,000 to over $34,000.
The average cost in the U.K. is around $16,500, but can vary from around $11,500 to over $20,500.
$12,500 to $23,000 in Mexico and Costa Rica,
$11,000 to $16,500 in Singapore,
$10,000 to $17,000 in Thailand,
$6,000 to $12,000 in Malaysia,
$6,000 to $10,000 in India.
What are the common complications if the procedure is performed abroad?
Hip resurfacing is a major surgery, so even under optimal conditions it carries risks of major
complications. These include infection, blood clots, nerve damage, fracture of healthy bone, and reactions to anaesthesia. Also, as opposed to total hip replacement, with resurfacing both sides of the joint are metal, and the friction between them potentially releases metal ions into the bloodstream, the results of which are a subject of some confusion and controversy.
These complications are especially prevalent 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.
Between 2010 and 2014, the news were full of stories about hip resurfacing patients suffering all kinds of debilitating complications. These were suspected to have been caused by metal-on-metal friction from poorly designed or constructed implants. A whole line was later recalled by one of the world’s major manufacturers of medical devices.