Hip Resurfacing


If you have heard of medical tourism then you know it is the phenomenon that can buy you top-notch medical care at rock bottom prices with virtually zero waiting times. And you are probably also aware that India is one of the most popular medical travel destinations. What is great about India is you can get not only high quality care for low price but also certain unique treatments that not many other nations in the world offer, especially if you also factor in the unbeatable price. In the article below we talk about hip resurfacing surgery in India – a unique medical breakthrough technique for the treatment of hip pathology.

THE NEED FOR HIP RESURFACING
Your hip is a ball and socket joint. Both the ball and socket are covered by a protective layer of cartilage which makes the joint smooth and hip movements swift.

Any condition that damages this cartilage leads to pain, dysfunction and eventually arthritis. Injury, infection, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis and bone dysplasias are some reasons that can cause damage to this cartilage thereby necessitating a hip resurfacing surgery.

Traditionally, such issues have been addressed by a total hip replacement (THR) which is a surgery to replace the hip joint by a prosthetic implant. A THR removes part of your healthy bone so the implant can be fixed deeply into the femoral bone. Patients also have certain movement restrictions following a THR surgery.

By contrast, resurfacing, which is a less invasive bone-preserving technology, replaces only the worn, diseased and damaged surfaces of the hip joint, and places an all-metal “ball and socket” implant in the hip joint. Resurfacing allows return to normal and sporting activities post-surgery, reduces the risk of dislocation and makes revision easy (if at all needed).

These reasons make hip resurfacing more favourable over hip replacement in certain specific cases. The anatomy and bio-mechanics after resurfacing mimic a normal hip very closely making it an ideal choice for young or more active patients with non-inflammatory degenerative hip joint disease.

HOW IS A HIP RESURFACING SURGERY PERFORMED?

Birmingham hip resurfacing implant

Birmingham hip resurfacing implant (Image source: Smith & Nephew)


After separating the femur or thigh bone from the hip socket, your surgeon reshapes the head of the femur. Next, the diseased bone and cartilage are removed from the hip socket.

Then, the implant, which comprises of two parts – the metal shell component for the hip socket, and the metal ball component with a short stem for the thigh bone, is placed.

First, the metal shell implant is firmly pressed onto the hip socket. After this the surgeon drills a hole in the femur (so the stem of the femur implant can be fitted into it), fills the metal ball component with bone cement, and fits the ball on top of the thigh bone with its stem into the drilled hole.

Finally, the femur with its new metal head and the hip socket with its new metal shell are put together to form a new resurfaced ball and socket hip joint that looks and functions like a normal hip.

HIP RESUFACING SURGERY AND INDIA
In India, hip surgeons have been practicing the hip resurfacing procedure for over a decade while orthopaedic surgeons in most of the rest of the world are still new to this procedure.

In the United States, for instance, where this procedure is still not commonly performed, FDA approved the first hip resurfacing system only in 2006. It is no wonder then that surgeons in India are much more experienced in this procedure than their counterparts in America.

Today, the majority of hip resurfacing operations are performed in India on Indian as well as foreign patients. Each year thousands of hip resurfacing medical tourists from all across the globe head to India to not only be in safe hands but also enjoy a tremendous amount of savings.

You can find top hip resurfacing hospitals in India that are Joint Commission International (JCI) accredited. Additionally, several of the best Indian orthopaedic doctors are also either educated or trained internationally.

Taj Mahal, India

Taj Mahal, India

Hip resurfacing costs about USD8000 in India . This is so less compared to what U.S. hospitals charge for the same kind of service and quality that you can bring a companion along, spend on sightseeing and still save thousands of dollars.

OVERSEAS PATIENT TO INDIA FOR HIP RESURFACING
Richard, who hails from California, USA, had been suffering from osteoarthritis in his hips for a long time but was unable to get surgery in the United States, earlier because of unavailability of the procedure in the country and later because of the extravagant price tag it came at.

Facilitated by Healthbase, Richard had both his hips resurfaced through bilateral hip resurfacing surgery at Wockhardt Hospitals (now Fortis Hospital) in Mumbai, India, 3 years ago.

Richard after his surgery in India

Richard after his surgery in India (Image source: Healthbase Online Inc., http://www.healthbase.com)

Being an avid sportsperson that he was, barely 12 weeks after his hip surgeries, Richard returned to snorkelling in the sunny Southern Californian beaches. In the past, Richard had problems walking from his car to his front door.

MEDICAL TRAVEL TIPS FOR HIP RESURFACING PATIENTS
Here are the top 5 things every medical tourist needs to do or remember for a successful medical travel trip:

  1. Verify the credentials of the foreign doctor treating you.
  2. Don’t let cost be the driving factor; focus on quality.
  3. Keep your local doctor in the loop.
  4. Don’t keep your trip too short; allow time for recuperation as well as sightseeing.
  5. Engage the services of a medical travel facilitator like Healthbase. These are specialized medical travel agents that connect you with the hospital of your choice while providing all or some other valuable concierge services like detailed information about various procedures, detailed hospital profiles and surgeon profiles, medical records transfer, free surgery quote, pre- and post-consultation with the overseas hospital, feedback and testimonials from previous patients, medical and dental loan financing, passport and visa acquisition, airport pick-up and drop-off, hospital escort, tickets, travel insurance, hotel booking, sightseeing services in the destination country, etc.
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MIS 2-INCISION HIP REPLACEMENT

Zimmer MIS 2-Incision Hip Replacement is a minimally invasive alternative to the traditional hip replacement surgery. The minimally invasive surgery is done by making two small incisions about 1½ to 2 inches each to separate the muscles and tendons to access the hip joint as opposed to the traditional hip replacement surgery which typically involves a 10- to 12-inch incision and cutting of those tissues. For the MIS 2-Incision surgery, orthopedic surgeons trained in minimally invasive surgical techniques use specialized instruments to perform the surgery.

The MIS 2-Incision Hip Replacement technique considerably reduces the recovery time as muscles and tendons around the hip joint are not generally cut as they are in the traditional hip replacement surgery. So there is less tissue trauma involved in this minimally invasive approach resulting in faster and less painful rehabilitation of the patient which in turn results in quicker return to work and daily activities. Also, because smaller incisions are made, the surgery leaves smaller scars. Other benefits of this surgery are shorter hosptial stay and reduced blood loss compared to traditional hip replacement surgery.

Performance-wise, the hip replaced through MIS 2-Incision Hip Replacement performs the same as that through the traditinal approach. Also, the replacement hip – comprised of a stem, ball and socket – is the same high quality, clinically proven prosthesis that is used in traditional surgery.

Anybody who is a right candidate for traditional hip replacement surgery is also a right candidate for MIS 2-Incision Hip Replacement except those who are extremely overweight, are very muscular, have recently had a blood clot or an unstable medication that places them at higher risk for complications, or those who have already had hip replacement surgery on the same hip.

Read here for information about a more bone-conserving approach to hip replacement called Birmingham hip resurfacing surgery or BHR.

Cost and Availability of MIS 2-Incision Hip Replacement

In the US, MIS 2-Incision Hip Replacement surgery can be very costly. If you are uninsured or underinsured then this could translate into a substantial out-of-pocket expense for your orthopedic treatment.

Healthbase offers a large network of international partner hospitals which offer the best MIS 2-Incision Hip Replacement surgery overseas at an affordable price.

Register or login to get your FREE personalized quote for a cheap Hip Replacement surgery abroad (MIS 2-Incision hip replacement surgery or traditional hip replacement surgery).

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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.”

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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.

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Lipoplasty (Liposuction)

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Women and men who are of relatively normal weight but have isolated fat pockets causing certain areas of their body to appear disproportionate are particularly well-suited to Liposuction (lipoplasty). These localized fat deposits may at times be inherited traits that normally are impervious to dieting or exercise. Liposuction is often the only way to eliminate them. Though it is possible to undergo liposuction at almost any age, best results can be obtained if your skin still has enough elasticity to achieve a smooth contour following fat removal. Inelastic skin as in some older patients may not redrape well making a skin tightening procedure inevitable.
Consider yourself to be a good candidate for liposuction if you either have localized excess fat or if you desire contouring in any of the following areas:

  • cheeks, jowls and neck
  • upper arms
  • breast or chest areas
  • back
  • abdomen and waist
  • hips and buttocks
  • inner and outer thighs
  • inner knee
  • calves and ankles

Sometimes Liposuction may be used to treat a condition called gynecomastia, or male breast enlargement, which frequently occurs among both teenage and adult males.

Do not consider Liposuction a substitute for overall weight loss.
 
Liposuction is not an effective treatment for cellulite (a condition that gives the skin an uneven, dimpled appearance) as well. To tackle these problem alternative treatments may be considered, in some cases.
INDIVIDUAL CONSULTATION
Considering the individual factors, not everyone will achieve the same results from Liposuction. Your unique characteristics will be considered by your plastic surgeon in determining the most effective treatment. In the consultation process, you will be asked to specify the exact areas which you would like to see improved. Your surgeon will thus understand your expectations and determine whether they can be achieved realistically. Your current weight and your plan to lose or gain weight in the future will be evaluating factors in your liposuction.

Your unique characteristics will be considered by your plastic surgeon in determining the most effective treatment. In the consultation process, you will be asked to specify the exact areas which you would like to see improved. Your surgeon will thus understand your expectations and determine whether they can be achieved realistically. Your current weight and your plan to lose or gain weight in the future will be evaluating factors in your liposuction.

HOW LIPOSUCTION IS PERFORMED
The process begins by first inserting a small, hollow tube, called a cannula, through one or more tiny incisions near the area to be suctioned and fat is removed. Incisions, usually less than one-quarter inch in length are placed as inconspicuously as possible, mostly within skin folds or contour lines. A vacuum pressure unit is connected by tubing to the cannula. Under the surgeon’s guidance the suction device literally vacuums away the unwanted fat.
UNDERSTANDING RISKS
Fortunately for patients significant complications from Liposuction are infrequent. Year after year multitudes of people, who have undergone liposuction experience no major problems and are pleased with the results. However one should be aware of both the benefits and risks when considering surgery.

A personal discussion on the subject of risks and potential complications of surgery between you and your surgeon can prove helpful.

A detailed information booklet will be provided with instructions and precautions for the immediate and early postoperative period. This will also discuss the sequeal of Liposuction.

RECOVERY
Post surgery you will be taken into a recovery area where you will be closely monitored. Going home after a few hours probably might be permitted, although some patients may stay overnight in the hospital or surgical facility.
RESULTS OF YOUR LIPOSUCTION
Liposuction before and after image Areas of fatty deposits that previously created unflattering bulges and perhaps made it difficult to feel comfortable in your clothing or caused self-consciousness will be reduced by Liposuction surgery. The appearance of your new, slimmer contour may be delayed due to factors such as fluid retention following surgery and prolonged swelling. Because of the gradual healing process you should expect to wait a while to see the final results of your liposuction.
HOW lONG WILL THE RESULTS LAST?
As long as you maintain your postoperative weight the results of liposuction will be permanent. In case you gain a few extra pounds, you may realize that the weight is distributed more evenly instead of accumulating in the problematic areas of the past. A touchup might be desired occasionally to further improve the results in the area that has been suctioned. The additional treatment can sometimes be performed under local anesthesia.

Your progress will be evaluated in your visits to your plastic surgeon’s office for follow-up care at prescribed intervals.

Please keep in mind your relationship with your plastic surgeon does not end when you leave the operating room. For any queries or concerns during your recovery, or additional information at a later time, you should contact your surgeon.

 

 

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What is Hip Resurfacing?

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Hip ResurfacingHip Resurfacing or Surface Replacement Arthroplasty is a bone-conserving alternative to conventional Total Hip Replacement (THR). Unlike THR, hip Resurfacing does not involve the removal of the femoral head and neck nor removal of bone from the femur. Rather, the head, neck and femur bone is preserved in an effort to facilitate future surgery should it be necessary and to enable the patient to take advantage of newer technology or treatments in the future. The current generation of hip Resurfacing devices utilize a metal bearings have demonstrated a much higher level of wear resistance as well as reduced bone loss and inflammatory tissue reaction about the hip joint as compared to metal-polyethylene bearings.

Hip Resurfacing is anatomically and biomechanically more similar to the natural hip joint resulting in increased stability, flexibility and range of motion. Further, dislocation risk is virtually eliminated. Higher activity levels are typically achieved with less risk. These benefits are realized because the head diameter that results from Resurfacing is very similar to the patient’s normal head diameter and these larger head sizes are typically much larger than the femoral balls utilized in conventional THR.

Advantages of Hip Resurfacing:

  1. Allows the patient to squat and sit on the floor safely

  2. Allows a normal range of movement and sporting activities after operation

  3. Sacrifices only the diseased bone and preserves normal bone

  4. Restores the normal structures of the hip

  5. More natural feel after surgery

  6. Early rehabilitation

  7. Easy to revise if needed

  8. Less risk of dislocation

  9. No leg length alteration

 

Know the physiology of Human Hip

The normal hip joint consists of a ball rotating inside a socket. The ball is called the head of the femur and the socket in the pelvis is called the Acetabulum. The surface of the femoral head and the acetabulum (i.e. the ball and the socket) is covered by a protective layer of cartilage ( the white lining seen in the pic). This makes the joint smooth and reduces friction during movements. It covers and protects the bone like the rubber of a car tyre.

Any condition that damages the Cartilage will lead to pain, dysfunction and eventually arthritis. Cartilage can get damaged due to a number of reasons including Injury, Infection, Ankylosing Spondylitis, Avascular Necrosis ( loss of blood supply to bone), Rheumatoid Arthritis, Osteoarthritis, Developmental problem like bone Dysplasias, slipped upper femoral epiphyses etc.

Frequently Asked Questions

 

  • Is this a minimally invasive?
  • Do I need blood transfusion during the surgery?
  • Is it a very painful operation?
  • When do we remove the stitches and is it very painful?
  • How long do I have to stay in hospital?
  • When can I start walking and climbing stairs after the operation?
  • Do I need lots of physiotherapy after surgery?
  • Will I be able to sit on the floor after surgery?
  • What is the ASR/BHR?
  • What is the advantage of Hip Resurfacing over conventional total hip replacement?
  • Are there any implants used ?

 

Is this a minimally invasive?
This operation can be done by a minimally invasive approach and the invasion can be kept to less than 10cms. The operation also involves minimal damage to bone.

 

Do I need blood transfusion during the surgery?
We generally do not need blood transfusions during the operation.

 

Is it a very painful operation?
Pain control techniques and minimal injury to soft tissue and bone during surgery help to keep the patients comfortable in the post operative period.

 

When do we remove the stitches and is it very painful?
Absorbable sutures are used. These need not to be removal. The patient does not have to follow up for up to 60 years after discharge from hospital.

 

How long do I have to stay in hospital?
Local patients are discharged four days after the operation, but overseas patients may have to stay for 8-10 days after surgery.

 

When can I start walking and climbing stairs after the operation?
Most patients start walking with support on the second postoperative day after removal of the drain. Our team of physiotherapist takes you through a standardized protocol of mobilization and stair climbing is achieved before discharge.

 

Do I need lots of physiotherapy after surgery?
The amount of physiotherapy needed depends on the condition of your joint and muscles before the operation. Most patients do not need much suppressed physiotherapy.

Will I be able to sit on the floor after surgery?
Yes, this surgery will allow you to do that safely unless another problem prevents it.

What is the ASR/BHR?
Hip resurfacing or surface replacement arthroplasty uses specialized implants that are fixed into the bone .Two international companies sell such implants in India at present.

a)Smith and Nephew (MMT) – (BHR) Birmingham Hip Resurfacing.
b)Johnson and Johnson – (ASR) Articular Surface Replacement.

What is the advantage of Hip Resurfacing over conventional total hip replacement?
Conventional Total Hip Replacements usually consist of a long metal component that is fixed into the femur (thigh bone) articulating with a polyethylene cup cemented into the pelvis.

Conventional hip replacements sacrifice a large quantity of normal bone. The very nature of fixation of these implants causes progressive bone loss due to stress shielding. The problem of bone loss gets compounded by osteolysis due to polyethylene debris from the cup. All these reduce the bone stock and make any future revision procedures difficult. The polyethylene cups gradually thin down due to wear and need replacing. The head of the femoral component is small in diameter, so as to reduce friction at the cost of stability. This increases the risk of hip dislocation i.e. hip coming out of joint

Problems with Conventional Total Hip Replacement:

  1. Bone loss

  2. Increased risk of dislocation

  3. Cannot squat or sit on the floor without the risk of dislocating the hip

  4. Range of movement is less

  5. Cannot safely indulge in sporting activities

  6. Revision Surgery difficult

  7. Feels less like a normal natural hip

  8. Possibility of change in leg length after surgery

 

Are there any implants used?
Modern techniques allow us to replace the diseased human hip with artificial implants which ensure near normal movements and function. Huge advances have been made in terms of the materials, the method of fixation and structure of these implants. The purpose of all these changes is to increase the longevity, reduce complication rate and improved function after surgery. Hip Resurfacing (bone conserving hip replacement (BHR), surface replacement ) with a metal-on-metal articulation is another step in this direction.


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