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Medical Tourism – Avoid Years of Unnecessary Debt

Americans – uninsured, underinsured and even insured – are taking advantage of the low cost, high quality healthcare overseas and saving tons

A Hip Resurfacing Surgery for only $7,500! When Kathie Thornton’s medical tourism facilitator, Healthbase, informed her she could get her hip replaced for only $7,500 she wondered if it was too good to be true. The only catch was she would have to travel to India for her treatment – a move which eventually saved her over 80% off the price tag in the US.

Aware of the potential benefits of medical tourism – quality as well as savings – Americans are traveling increasingly to countries like India, Thailand, Singapore and next door, to Mexico for medical care. Surgeries in the US that can lead to years of debt and even bankruptcy are available at a fraction of cost outside the US. But some questions still remain – “How can it be so much cheaper there?” and “Is the quality as good as at home?”

The high administrative and labor costs in the US help explain the high cost of medicine in the country. Other countries like India and Thailand that are on Healthbase’s network have much lower cost of labor and so are able to offer a cheaper price.

Quality is of utmost concern when it comes to healthcare. But when you log on to Healthbase.com, you see that the international hospitals on its network are internationally accredited with JCI, JCAHO or ISO certifications. This essentially means that the same organization that monitors service quality and care in US hospitals also watches over those that are abroad. So the quality of care delivered is either the same or superior when compared with that back home.

According to Kathie Thornton, a 53-year old Indiana-based medical tourist, “The quality of care is beyond excellence. On every level, from the first thing in the morning till bedtime, it’s personal and excellent.”

Medical tourism is the solution for those who have been waiting for a health miracle and for those who think good quality care is not affordable. For Kathie, it meant the beginning of a new life. Healthbase gave her hope when she had lost all hope. She exclaimed after her successful rehab, “I feel like this is the first day of the rest of my life. I went from having no quality of life back to a 100% life. The overall experience – I wouldn’t trade it for anything.”

Medical tourism with Healthbase – It is your gateway to affordable healthcare.

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Healthbase is a medical and dental tourism facilitator that connects patients to leading JCI/JCAHO/ISO accredited hospitals and dental offices overseas through a secure, high-tech, information-rich web portal. Healthbase provides a wide range of medical procedures through its partner hospital network. Over two hundred medical procedures are available in various categories: cosmetic and plastic, orthopedic, dental, cardiac, and many more. The savings are up to 80 percent from typical US prices even after adding up the travel costs, hospital stay and other related expenses. Healthbase offers more than just procedural availability; we also provide customers with extensive information on medical treatments, hospital and doctor profiles to help them make an educated decision regarding their treatment; travel planning and booking; applying for medical/dental loan and much more.

To learn more, visit http://www.healthbase.com and login to view our extensive hospital profiles including pictures of operating rooms, patient rooms, doctor qualifications, and lots more. Get a FREE quote now!!

Note: All information presented here has been obtained from publicly available medical resources and is here for reference purposes only. Healthbase does not claim to be a medical professional and does not provide any advice on any issues relating to medical treatment.

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Hip Surgery

The minimally invasive technique, of particular benefit to those with arthritic hip conditions, is achieved through a small posterior incision and has been acclaimed by patients, surgeons and hospital authorities.

Such groundbreaking hip surgery affords a range of extensive benefits to a patient. Following are some of them.

  • Small incision
    Cosmetically pleasing incision, typically 5.5 – 9 cm in length for hip replacement, 7.5 – 11 cm for hip resurfacing.
  • Minimal blood loss
    Current experience is that 90% of the patients do not require transfusion.
  • Reduced surgical trauma
    Results in quicker mobilization post surgery leading to early discharge from hospital. Most patients discharged day 2/3 as compared to an average in-patient stay of 7 – 10 days.
  • Less disruption to muscles around the hip joint
    Leads to better overall function result allowing patients to return to normal activities.
  • Immense financial benefits and cost saving
    Reduction in transfusions, and early discharge programs result in cost savings averaging 50% of in-patient bed stay.
    (Source: minimalinvasivehip.com)

Healthbase is a medical tourism facilitator that connects patients to leading JCI/JCAHO/ISO accredited hospitals overseas through a secure, high-tech, information-rich web portal. Healthbase provides a wide range of medical procedures through its partner hospital network. Over two hundred medical procedures are available in various categories: cosmetic and plastic, orthopedic, dental, cardiac, and many more. The savings are up to 80 percent from typical US prices even after adding up the travel costs, hospital stay and other related expenses. Healthbase offers more than just procedural availability; we also provide customers with extensive information on medical treatments, hospital and doctor profiles to help them make an educated decision regarding their treatment; travel planning and booking; applying for medical/dental loan and much more.

To learn more, visit http://www.healthbase.com/ and login to view our extensive hospital profiles including pictures of operating rooms, patient rooms, doctor qualifications, and lots more. Get a FREE quote now!!

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 Hip Replacement

More than 270,000 hip fractures occur in the United States each year, with about 90% of them occurring in people older than 60. Hip fractures are more common in older people because of osteoporosis and because older people are more likely to fall. Use of some drugs increases the risk of hip fractures in older people (see Aging and Drugs). One in three women and one in six men who reach age 90 will fracture a hip during his or her lifetime.

The upper end of the femur (thighbone) has large bony bumps (trochanters) where powerful muscles attach, then a short neck, and finally a spherical head that forms the outer half of the hip joint. Most hip fractures occur just below the spherical head (femoral neck or subcapital hip fractures) or through the trochanters (intertrochanteric hip fractures).

Femoral neck hip fractures are particularly problematic because the fracture often disrupts the blood supply to the femoral head, which forms the hip joint. Without a good blood supply, the bone cannot heal and eventually collapses and dies. Intertrochanteric hip fractures tend to create large broken bone surfaces that cause internal bleeding.

Symptoms and Diagnosis

Most older people fracture their hips by falling while walking on level ground, often when indoors. They usually cannot move their leg, much less stand or walk. When a doctor examines the person, the leg appears shortened and turned outward because of the unbalanced pull of muscles and gravity. Swelling and a purplish bruise develop because of blood leaking from the fracture.

An x-ray usually shows an obvious fracture and can help a doctor confirm the diagnosis. However, faint fracture lines may not be seen initially on x-ray. Thus, when a person continues to have pain and is unable to stand a day or more after a fall, the x-ray may have to be repeated or a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) or bone scan obtained.

Treatment

Most people with a hip fracture are treated with surgery. The type of surgery depends on the type of fracture.

 

Repairing a Fractured Hip

Repairing a Fractured Hip

There are two common types of hip fractures. Femoral neck or subcapital hip fractures occur in the neck of the femur. Intertrochanteric fractures occur in the large bony bumps (trochanters) where the powerful muscles of the buttocks and legs attach. When the fracture is not too severe, metal pins can be inserted surgically to support the femoral head. This surgical procedure preserves the person’s own hip joint.

Treatment of severe femoral neck hip fractures involves removing the broken pieces surgically because the blood supply to the femoral head has been damaged. If damage to the femoral neck is incomplete (the break does not go all the way through), metal pins can be inserted surgically to support the femoral head (internal fixation). This is a smaller surgical procedure and the person’s own hip joint is preserved.

Intertrochanteric hip fractures are treated with an implant, such as a sliding compression screw and side plate. This implant securely holds the bone fragments in their proper position while the fracture heals. The fixation is usually strong enough to permit the person to bear weight as tolerated. While the bone fragments generally heal in a couple of months, most people continue to improve in terms of comfort, strength, and walking ability for at least 6 months.

If partial hip replacement is needed, special metallic implants are used that have a polished spherical surface to match with the joint socket and a strong stem to fit within the central marrow canal of the thighbone. Some prosthetic implants are secured to the bone with a rapid-setting plastic cement. Others have special porous or ceramic coatings into which the surrounding living bone can grow and bond directly.

 

Replacing a Hip

Replacing a Hip

When the topmost part (head) of the thighbone (femur) is badly damaged, it may be replaced with an artificial part (prosthesis), made of metal. This procedure is called partial hip replacement. Very rarely, the socket into which the femoral head fits (forming the hip joint) must also be replaced. The part used is a metal shell lined with durable plastic. This procedure is called total hip replacement.

After joint replacement surgery, the person usually begins walking with crutches or a walker immediately and switches to a cane in 6 weeks. However, artificial joints do not last forever. The person, especially someone who is active or heavy, may need to undergo another operation 10 to 20 years later. Joint replacement is often advantageous for older people, because the likelihood that additional surgery will be needed is very low. In addition, older people benefit greatly from being able to walk almost immediately after surgery.

Sometimes the whole joint needs to be replaced. This procedure is performed rarely for fractures, but most commonly for osteoarthritis (see Osteoarthritis (OA)).

If people with hip fractures are forced by their illness to stay in bed, they are at increased risk for serious complications, such as bedsores, blood clots leading to pulmonary embolism, mental confusion, and pneumonia. A great benefit of surgical fixation is that it allows the person to get out of bed and begin walking as soon as possible. Usually, the person can take a few steps with a walker 1 to 2 days after the operation. Physical rehabilitation is started as soon as possible

Sources:

http://www.merck.com/mmhe/sec05/ch062/ch062d.html

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