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Total Hip Replacement Treatment

Total hip replacement (THR) is a treatment option for late-stage degenerative hip disease, also known as osteoarthritis or degenerative arthritis. It is a procedure in which a doctor surgically removes a hip joint with arthritis and replaces it with an artificial joint often made from metal and plastic components.

In the following sections, you will know about


  1. The types of  hip Replacement  Surgery

  2. Treatments and cost of Total hip Replacement  Surgery

  3. Symptoms, Diagnosis and Medical tests needed for hip Replacement

  4. Leading Doctors and Hospitals for Total hip Replacement Surgery

  5. Frequently asked questions about Total hip Replacement  Surgery


    Treatments and Cost Related to Total Hip Replacement

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    Total Hip Replacement Cost In India For A Patient From United States Change Selection

    No. of Travellers 2
    Days in Hospital 8
    Days Outside Hospital 14
    Total days in India 22
    Treatment Cost USD 5,700


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    Generally any person can be a suitable candidates for a hip replacement. Candidates for this surgery are not categorized by age, class or activity level. Most of the patients are between the ages of 60 and 80, but the surgery isn't confined to the elderly patients.

    Hip replacement surgery is considered if: 

    • Persists, in spite of having pain medication.
    • Worsens with walking, even with a cane or walker
    • Interferes with sleep
    • Affects the ability to go up or down stairs
    • Makes it difficult to rise from a seated position



    A medical history and physical examination is done. It is diagnosed by an abnormal X-ray that shows characteristic features such as narrowing of the joint and spurring of the joint margins.



    The surgical procedure takes a few hours & is performed general anaesthesia. Damaged cartilage and bone are removed and then new metal, plastic, or ceramic implants are positioned to restore the alignment and function of the hip.

    • A cut is made along the side of the hip and the muscles are moved to connect them to the top of the thighbone, exposing the hip joint.
    • Next, the ball portion of the joint is removed by cutting the thighbone with a saw.
    • After this an artificial joint is attached to the thighbone using either cement or a special material that allows the remaining bone to attach to the new joint.
    • Surface of the hipbone is prepared by removing any damaged cartilage and the replacement socket part is attached to the hipbone.
    • The new ball part of the thighbone is then inserted into the socket part of the hip. A drain may be put in to help drain any fluid. The doctor then reattaches the muscles and closes the incision.



    Patient will have to stay in the hospital for 6 – 8 days. They will have to stay in bed with a wedge-shaped cushion between the legs to keep the new hip joint in place. Complete recovery can take 6-12 months.


    Factors Affecting the Cost of Hip Replacement Surgery

    Following are the factors which will affect the treatment cost: 

    1. The hospital patient is opting for.

    2. Room –Standard single room, deluxe room, super deluxe room for the number of nights specified (including nursing fee, meals, room rate, and room service).

    3. Operating room, ICU

    4. Fee for the team of doctors (Surgeons ,Anesthesist ,Physiotherapist ,Dietician )

    5. Medicines

    6. Physiotherapy session 

    7. Standard test and diagnostic procedures

    8. Depend on the treatment options : 

    • Surgery 
    • Single hip/both 
    • Implant being used 


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      FAQs Total Hip Replacement Treatment

      • Are there alternatives to hip replacement surgery?
      • Hip replacement surgery is often the last resort for patients. Before going for the surgery the doctor may suggest methods including exercise, walking aids and medication.
      • How should a patient prepare for hip replacement?
      • Low impact cardio exercises are a good way to prepare for hip replacement surgery.   It is good to consider using an exercise bike, doing water aerobics or swimming.  All these exercises helpful in surgery preparation and they can also improve the symptoms of arthritis.
      • What is a dislocation of the hip?
      • Dislocation of the hip occurs when the femoral head (ball) comes out of the acetabulum (socket).
      • Why do hip replacements fail?
      • The most common reason for failure is loosening of the artificial ball where it is secured in the femur, or loosening of the socket. Wearing of the plastic spacer may also result in the need for revision.
      • What is a Revision Surgery?
      • Revision surgery is performed when a failed hip implant can only be repaired by another surgery. Failure can stem from normal wear and tear or from a faulty device. These second procedures are consider complex and significantly invasive.
      • Will a patient require a blood transfusion?
      • Blood transfusion may be required after the surgery.
      • How long and where will my scar be?
      • The scar will be approximately 6–8 inches long. It will be along the side of your hip.
      • When can a patient discontinue using a raised toilet seat after the surgery?
      • A patient can discontinue using a raised toilet seat between 6 and 10 weeks after the total hip replacement operation.
      • From when can the patient sleep on his operative site after a hip replacement?
      • Patient can sleep on your operative side whenever they feel comfortable. They may sleep on their non-operative side at 4 weeks with a pillow between their knees.
      • For how long a patient needs to have a bandage after the surgery?
      • Bandage is required for approximately 1 week after total hip replacement surgery. This should be changed daily to a new dry, sterile gauze. If required a patient may continue to wear a bandage to protect the incision from irritation.
      • When can the hip be immersed in water (e.g. bathing swimming pool, tub) after the surgery?
      • Hip can be immersed in water after 2 weeks, if there is no drainage from the incision site.
      • Can weights be used after the surgery?
      • Usually, weights should not be used for the first 2 months after total hip replacement surgery. Still everyone's strength varies & it should be consulted by the physical therapist before starting with weights.
      • Can a person set off the machines at the airport security after the surgery & is a doctor note required?
      • A patient set off the machines at airport security depending on the type of hip implant the patient has and the sensitivity of the security checkpoint equipment. At the follow-up visit the patient may ask to have a wallet card to carry while travelling.
      • What activities are permitted following the surgery?
      • A patient may return to most of the activities which can be tolerated by him after total hip replacement surgery. This including walking, gardening, and golf. Some of the best activities to help with motion and strengthening are swimming and a stationary bicycle.
      • What activities should be avoided after the surgery?
      • The activities that should be avoided are, impact activities, such as running and downhill skiing on expert slopes, and vigorous racquet sports, such as singles tennis or squash.
      • For how long this hip replacement will last?
      • It is expected that most hips last for more than 10–15 years. But still this varies from patient to patient.
      • Can a patient kneel after this surgery?
      • Yes, a patient can kneel 6 weeks after total hip replacement surgery. To kneel, touch down with the operative knee first. To arise from kneeling, use the non-operative leg first.


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      What is included in the treatment cost?

      Treatment Cost includes surgical fees, doctor’s fees, lab tests, medicine, room fees It does not include treatment of any unrelated illness or procedures other than the one for which this estimate has been prepared.

      Is it the actual cost or just an estimate?

      This is an estimate. The information is intended as a guideline based on past history and is not a guarantee of future costs.

      What is the difference between Economy and Premium package

      Economy - Shared rooms in Premium hospitals or Single room in less fancy Hospitals Premium - Highest level of accreditations and facilities.

      Can an attendant stay with me in the hospital?

      During the patient’s hospitalization period, one attendant can stay with the patient in single room at no extra cost. The food and stay of the attendant would be complimentary.

      How does one pay for the treatment?

      Advance deposit of the treatment cost to be made at the time of admission in the hospital. If the actual cost of treatment is lower than the amount submitted, hospital will refund the amount at the time of discharge.

      Do the hospitals in India accept health insurance?

      If you have health insurance that’s internationally valid/ valid in India, please alert the hospitals about it. If it’s an approved insurance provider, hospitals might request you to get an advance payment guarantee which you will have to co-ordinate from your home country.

      What additional documents and information is needed from my doctor?

      Carry all your previous medical reports including X-Ray, MRI, CT scans (films and reports), ultrasound images, blood investigation reports, discharge summary (If any) and other relevant documents.

      How soon can the investigations be scheduled?

      Usually between 1-2 days of your arrival. Your appointemnt with the doctor is pre-booked by us.

      What does the cost for surgical treatment exclude?

      Any drugs prescribed following patient’s discharge from the hospital Any care or service relating to any complications that may arise, which is not related to the Patient’s Surgical Treatment (additional costs will be charged to Patient in accordance with the Hospital’s standard charges prevailing at the time of the complication.) Any service or care relating to major complications that may arise during the Patient’s operation, which necessitates Patient’s transfer into an Internal or External Specialized Intensive Care Unit. Additional costs relating to the said major complication treatment will be charged to the patient in accordance with the standard charges prevailing at the time of the complication. Any in-patient stay extension in the hospital, with regard to the initial length of hospitalization, in relation to the Patient’s surgical treatment, and decided upon, due to medical reasons, by the patient and the surgeon. In such an event, costs relating to the in-patient stay extension will be charged to the Patient and paid by the Patient immediately to the Hospital.

      How can I get Medical Visa for travelling to India?

      After you have chosen the hospital, we assist you in medical visa invitation letter for Visa to India Once you decide on getting the treatment done, please send us the passport details of all the persons travelling.

      What is e-Visa?

      E-tourist Visa to India is an online facility through which one can apply for visa to travel to India. Government of India has now made it applicable for Medical Travel too.

      Who will be dealing with details of my case during my trip?

      Each patient is assigned to a Patient Relationship Manager (PRM) who will take care of all details relating to their visit and successful return & recovery.

      What are the important Instructions for International Patient to travel in India?

      International patients will have to submit the travel request form including airline, passport, and visa information. Always keep important emergency numbers with you. Credit cards /Debit cards / travellers cheque are the safe mode of payment; however in many situations cash would be required, so try to keep some local currency in hand.

      Will you assist in airport transfers?

      Yes, you will be received and dropped at the airport by our Concierge team. The service is complimentary.

      Can I travel immediately after the treatment?

      Travel back to your native place will depend entirely on period of recuperation for your treatment. You can travel back based on the doctor’s advice.

      Where do I stay?

      The Patient Relationship Manager will share stay options with you. Usually a comfotable stay starts from USD 20 per day. Before you leave for your trip, we work with you to make sure you are booked in an accommodation of your choice & liking. Alternatively you can do the booking online. We will recommend you the popular websites to do so.

      I don’t know anything about my destination country. Will I be safe?

      India is a safe place for tourists. The hospitals and places near to it are verified by us. On arrival you will receive CONCIERGE kit from us about the city and Tips and Tricks to make your stay easy.

      Can I book my own travel arrangements?

      Yes. You can book the flight and stay and share the details with us. Your pick-up from the airport is complimentary. Vaidam Conceirge is there at evey step to keep your movement and stay comfortable.

      Can I meet the doctor before the treatment?

      You will meet the doctor (more than once) before the procedure starts. Usually medical tests are conducted before the Doctor decides the line of treatment. Doctor will consult you at every step.

      What if I want more options after arrival?

      We encourage patients to be fully informed about treatment and available options. On arrival, your patient manager will be happy to arrange second opinion or treatment in other hospital of your choice.

      What if something goes wrong?

      The medical centers we deal with have invested millions of dollars & would not like to have the adverse affect of any negative publicity affecting their business. They take great care to make sure that the patient is satisfied and the results are successful. At the same time any surgery or medical procedure entails risk & successful results cannot be guaranteed by anyone.

      Can I have more than one medical procedure at the same time?

      Yes, it may be possible. However, this will, depend on the doctor’s assessment of your case. This may be more cost beneficial.

      What about "after-care"?

      Depending on your treatment you will be advised on the "after-care" program. We help you there as per the doctor's recommendation. We do arrange Medicines, Nurses, Doctors, Physiotherapists at home.

      Can I go "sight-seeing"?

      Yes, we will be happy to take you around. Check from the Patient Relationship Manager about our complimentary travel plans.

      What about follow-up care after I return from my trip?

      The Patient Relationship Manager contiues to be at your service after your return. We will help you with follow-up consultations with the doctor, reports, medications and any other help you may need.

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