India has become the popular destination for hip joint replacement surgeries due to its significantly lower cost of the treatment, availability of highly qualified and experienced orthopedic surgeons, advanced medical facilities, personal care, and minimum waiting period.
Hip replacement is considered to be one of the most expensive but common surgeries. In India, cost of hip replacement is almost one fifth of the expenditure in the U.S. In fact the cost of hip replacement in India is the lowest compared to anywhere else in the world, whether it is UK, Australia, Singapore, Mexico or Thailand.
Going by figures, expense in India for a typical hip replacement would be about US$7,000 while in the U.S. the same surgery would cost over US$39,000. While both in Singapore and Thailand the expense would be over US$12,000.
Like knee replacement, hip replacement expenses include not only the procedure cost but also pre- and post-operation expenses. The variations in the hip replacement surgery cost exist due to various factors such as type of implant, type of hospital/room, and your medical condition.
Below are the variable factors in cost of hip replacement
- Patient’s age and medical history
- Type of replacement (total, partial, anterior, etc.)
- Type of implant used
- Type of surgical procedure (cemented, uncemented etc.)
- Unanticipated complication, treatment or equipment required
- Surgeon and other doctors’ fee (anesthetist, assistants etc.)
- Cost of living of the geographical location
- Type of hospital/room facility
The other expenses that would be included in your operational treatment are:
- X-rays and medical tests
- Physiotherapist’s fees
- Medical supplies before and after the surgery
- Hospital stay
Post-surgery after discharge expenses comprise – medications, physiotherapist’s fee (for one to two months), walking aids (walker, crutches etc.) and periodical doctor visits.
Most hospitals compile their total cost for the procedure in a package. The package comprises all the above charges including your hospital stay, doctor’s fees, medicines, tests, physiotherapy cost during hospital stay etc. The final actual cost may vary with patient to patient depending upon his medical conditions.
In addition to this, post your hospital discharge you would have to also spend on medicines, physiotherapist fee (INR500-800/visit), and consultation fee (INR 500-800/visit) of regular doctor visits. These expenses are separate from the hospital package.
Cost of total hip replacement surgery in major Indian cities
The fee structure of hip replacement surgeries provided by the hospitals are in the form of a package that include the surgery and equipment cost, surgeon and other doctors fee, a three to six days of hospital stay, medicines, and physiotherapist fee. Below figures are the approximate package ranges for total hip replacement surgery, which may vary from hospital to hospital in a city based on services.
Bangalore – INR 6-8 lakh
Chennai – INR 6-8 lakh
Delhi – INR 4.5-6.5 lakh
Gurgaon – INR 5.5-7.5 lakh
Mumbai – INR 4.5-6.5 lakh
Hyderabad – INR 5-7 lakh
Kolkata – INR 4-6 lakh
Pune – INR 4-6 lakh
Hip replacement: Other expenses for international patients
If you are an international patient, you should add traveling, hotel stay, and food charges too in your hip replacement budget. Many clinics and medical tourism operators also provide hotel accommodation and travel packages. You can bargain for discounts with them.
Insurance cover in hip replacement in India
Many insurance companies cover the hip replacement procedure. However, before the replacement surgery, it is advisable to inquire from your medical insurance company regarding any prior authorization required and the percentage of the replacement surgery expenses you would have to pay.
Hip replacement surgeries are done in various cities of India like Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, Bangalore, Lucknow, Jaipur, Chandigarh, Ahmedabad etc. Since there are many variable determinants in hip replacement surgery cost, you should take a well-informed decision based on your requirements and limitations.
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