Thailand is known for its excellent orthopedic surgery. Doctors are skilled in the one to two hour procedure that costs a total of $10,000 USD-$12,000 for a seven day hospital stay and the surgery. The prosthesis costs are between $600 and $5,500 USD. The procedure is exactly the same as the procedure done in the US but at a cost savings of 50 percent.
Doctors in India perform hip resurfacing, a procedure just recently approved by the US FDA but approved in many countries overseas. In such a procedure the hip joint is resurfaced and the arthritic components are removed, resulting in a smoother hip joint without having to replace the joint itself. The cost is only about $5500 and the recovery time is easier than with a total hip surgery.
Argentina's medical system and health care facilities are generally of a high standard compared to other Latin American countries. As of 1999, it is estimated that there are estimated 3 doctors per 1,000 people. The population has access to safe drinking water and adequate sanitation. The doctors there are skilled at hip replacement and hip resurfacing at a fraction of the cost of US procedures.
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