Quality medical treatment overseas - let us be your guide

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Total knee replacement overseas: Get your active lifestyle back sooner

If you’re suffering from knee arthritis and are on a long waiting list for a total knee replacement, there’s good news: You can have the operation overseas, with no waiting, at an affordable cost.

For something so important to our daily life, a knee is a fragile thing. For many people, a knee injury early in life will come back to haunt them later, as the damaged cartilage around the knee degenerates, causing painful arthritis and making it impossible to lead a normal life.

Sometimes the symptoms of knee arthritis can be improved by diet and exercise, or by painkillers and other medication. But when all those options haven’t worked, one solution is a total knee replacement.

Total knee replacement is an operation in which the weight-bearing surfaces of the knee are replaced by an implant. With diligent rehabilitation, patients are able to resume their former active life.

However, like so many other elective procedures, Australians who need knee replacements often find themselves at the wrong end of a long public hospital waiting list. Imagine being told you have to wait a year or more before you can walk without pain!

Cruelly, it’s often a lifestyle full of exercise and activity that’s led to people’s knee problems in the first place. The long wait is all the more difficult for people used to an active life.

Fortunately, there’s a way these people can get their active lives back sooner: having total knee replacement surgery overseas.

By organising knee replacement surgery through Global Health Travel, you get access to some of the world’s best hospitals and most experienced surgeons. Options for knee replacement surgery include the specialist Orthopaedic Centre at world-famous Bumrungrad Hospital in Bangkok, Thailand and the acclaimed Fortis Hospital in New Delhi, India.

And the cost savings are equally impressive. Your total medical expenses will be around $13,200 AUD in Thailand, or $8,500 AUD in India.1 You’ll be saving 50-60% of the cost of paying for the surgery out of pocket in Australia. And you’ll be able to live an active life again - that’s priceless.

Knee replacement overseas brings new hope

Patients are finding that having knee replacement surgery overseas gives them a new lease on life.

For example, Millie had badly degenerated knees, originally from a skiing accident 25 years ago. Millie was used to an active lifestyle including horse riding and waterskiing, but her arthritis had become so bad that she could hardly even clean her house.

Millie had exhausted all the other medical options, so even though she was only 47 (relatively young for this kind of operation), she decided to have a total knee reconstruction in India. Within an amazing 10 days of the operation, Millie was walking normally.

Another patient, William, had suffered from knee problems since a football injury in his teens. Things had got so bad that for a year, he’d been unable to walk without pain.

William also opted for a total knee reconstruction in India. For him, the improvement was immediate: “Since having the operation, from Day One of starting to walk, the day after surgery, I have not had pain in my leg.”

Need a total knee reconstruction, and don’t want to spend months or years on a waiting list? Call Global Health Travel today on 1800 985 448.

  1. Prices current as of January 2013. Prices may fluctuate depending on exchange rates. ↩