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Don't wait longer than you need when you can save time and money in opting for hip surgery abroad.

Costs for treatment are lower than in UK private clinics and there are no NHS waiting lists for hip surgery abroad.

An artificial hip joint is an implanted prosthesis to replace the functions of the hip joint after a loss of functionality. Hip replacement restores the ability to move without pain. Partial or total hip prostheses are used, depending on the severity of the damage.

Orthopaedic surgery is the most common treatment abroad after plastic surgery and dental treatment.

Hip replacement surgery implant options

Cemented hip implants abroad

The artificial acetabular cup and the implant stem are bonded to the bone using bone cement. For older patients, in particular, the use of bone cement for securing a hip implant is often advisable. The slow bony in the growth process of the artificial hip joint is avoided and the patient is able to load the leg again soon after the operative treatment abroad.

Furthermore, major studies have shown that cemented hip implants are particularly durable. This may prevent the necessity of a second operative treatment abroad to change the implant, or at the least postpone it.

Cement-less hip implants abroad

The cement-less prosthesis components are wedged or, in part, screwed into the bone. To this end, the surgeon has to fit the artificial acetabular cup and the implant stem into the bone accurately. Consequently, the metal surfaces of the prosthesis components are in direct contact with the bone. The latter slowly grows into the implant to form a secure attachment for the artificial hip joint.

Rehabilitation after hip surgery abroad

Physical therapy is an important part of the recovery process from hip replacement surgery. After leaving the hospital, some people have physical therapy in their home or at a clinic, while others stay in a specialised rehabilitation facility abroad for a few days.

Why have hip replacement surgery abroad?

  • Costs of hip replacement surgery – surgery abroad is £5600 – £12000, the price depends on the type of implant and therapy required and also the location and reputation of your chosen clinic.

  • No waiting lists for hip replacement –NHS are having long waiting lists (over 21 weeks), but by travelling abroad you can get treatment significantly sooner. And in almost all cases you will be able to get a refund for a hip replacement abroad.

  • Specialised services – private clinics abroad tend to offer specialised orthopaedic surgeons, well educated medical staff and the newest medical equipment. In situations when you are paying for a service, you are expecting high-level orthopaedic surgeons and that is what private medical clinics abroad can offer. And who would not want to be treated by the same doctor who has operated on professional athletes?

  • New orthopaedic treatment options – NHS often offers the cheapest available surgery, but in private clinics abroad you and your doctor can choose the best available treatment plan.

  • Better choice – if you’re on the NHS waiting list, by opting for hip surgery abroad you will be able to choose the best available treatment date.

  • Rehabilitation after surgery – Rehabilitation is an important part of any hip surgery and often comprises 50% of a successful surgery. You will get professional rehabilitation specialist guidance after your surgery.

After that you travel, receive treatment, and once you come back we finish off your case. You will have to keep all proof of payment. If you are not on the waiting list we will try to get a refund after surgery.

NHS refund for treatment abroad

Brexit has not limited your right to get treatment abroad. If you are on a waiting list waiting for an operation or any other service that is available under the NHS you can exercise your right to have your treatment done in a private clinic abroad. 

However, after Brexit the rules on refunds have changed and there are now only two options:

  • Urgent, emergency or necessary medical assistance  Medical assistance is considered urgent or necessary when travelling/staying in an EEC country. 

  • Pre-planned inpatient hospital treatment including specialised treatment  the NHS requires pre-approval. The type of planned treatments abroad are typically: ACL reconstruction, gynaecological operations, spinal disc decompression surgery, hip replacements, endometriosis surgeries etc.

Disclaimer: The content on this page is reproduced courtesy of Medrefund.co.uk, a UK based service specialising in assisting patients in successfully claiming back the cost from the NHS for necessary and pre-planned treatment abroad.

Find out more about their service and how they can help you to claim a refund for hip replacements abroad from the NHS.

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