Orthopaedic Surgery Overseas with World Orthopaedic
World Orthopaedic patients looking for knee replacement or hip replacement surgery overseas are typically surprised by how simple the process is once they start. Australia’s largest Orthopaedic Medical Travel Agency, World Orthopaedic services patients from around the world. Our mission is to save more patients unnecessary time and money on their orthopaedic care. Our patients rely on the experience of World Orthopaedic’s medical travel consultants under the advice of orthopaedic surgeons overseas. Our job is to help organise complete medical travel packages for knee replacement in Bangkok, Thailand.
How Long am I Overseas for my Knee Replacement Surgery?
Typically, knee replacement patients stay overseas in the hospital for two nights before surgery and 4-5 nights after surgery. Once discharged, patients are required to stay in Bangkok for up to 10 days before their final consultation with the surgeon.
All up, knee replacement surgery overseas requires a 14-16 night stay in Bangkok.
What Happens if Something Goes Wrong with my Surgery?
Orthopaedic surgery is part art, part science. As with all areas of medicine, a small number of patients experience complications with invasive procedures such as knee replacement surgery. Like surgery in any part of the world, the likelihood of this happening during your surgery is dependent on much more than just the experience and expertise of the surgeon.
All surgeries, and indeed medications, carry risks. The purpose of your preoperative health checkup before surgery is to minimise any risk of foreseeable complications which may be due to underlying conditions.
Our preoperative checkups are very thorough, and sometimes require multiple visits to the doctor back home before you depart for your surgery. We encourage all patients to educate themselves on the risks of their orthopaedic surgery. You should ask as many questions as possible of your doctor and medical travel consultants back home before you commit to surgery overseas.
Although not a risk per-se, approximately 20% (1-in-5) of all knee replacement patients (worldwide statistics) experience little to no improvement in knee pain following surgery. This is an important statistic to understand before committing to knee replacement surgery at any hospital in any country.
Assuming Everything Goes Well, How Long Does a Knee Replacement Last?
A knee replacement is not the same as a young, healthy knee. The purpose of knee replacement surgery is to relieve pain and discomfort in the knee whilst restoring mobility in ageing patients.
Your doctors and surgeons will encourage you to avoid knee replacement before the age of 55 years. This is partly because of the typical lifespan of a knee replacement implant (assembly). Knee replacement implants can last up to 10-12 years if the surgery is performed successfully and the implant is properly looked after.
Your surgeon will explain how to best look after your knee replacement implant and prolong its life-span. If this is your first knee replacement on that side, you may be a candidate for a knee replacement revision once the first implant “wears out”. This will likely depend mostly on your health status and suitability for surgery if or when that time comes.
If you have any questions about knee replacement surgery, make sure to ask your local doctor or request that your questions be asked of your orthopaedic surgeon overseas before travelling. You can request questions of your surgeon by speaking with your World Orthopaedic Medical Travel consultant today.
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