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Hip
Replacement

Also known as hip arthroplasty or total hip replacement (THR), this procedure involves the replacement of a diseased or damaged hip joint with an artificial hip joint. It is one of the most common orthopedic surgery treatments for severe arthritis that damages the hip joint. The procedure involves the surgeon replacing damaged cartilage and bone with prosthetic components to restore hip alignment and function.

Following hip arthroplasty, most physicians recommend a four- to seven-day hospital stay. During the first few days, the patient should avoid immersing the surgical wound in water until it has wholly sealed and dried. Between the third and sixth week, the ability to perform daily activities such as driving can be recovered. Mild pain is usual for the first few weeks while the new artificial hip is activated. However, recovery will be achieved quickly with planned exercise and a balanced iron-rich diet. Postoperative care and precautions for total hip replacement surgery include:

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  • Avoid stairs and other fall hazards during the first few days.

  • Do not cross your legs or bend them more than 90 degrees.

  • Use pillows or a soft cushion between the legs while sleeping or lying down for the first few days.

Total hip replacement represents an improvement in the patient's quality of life. Part of the benefits are listed below:  

 

1. Pain Relief

Hip surgery can relieve you from pain perceived while standing, walking, or even in resting positions. 

 

2. Improved mobility

The reduction of pain added to the increased mobility of the reconstructed joint allows the patient with his new hip to be free to move around and even resume activities that he could not do before or that were very difficult for him. 

 

3. Better health 

Having the ability to move around again allows the patient to start healthier habits, avoiding sedentary lifestyles. An active life is a healthy life. 

4. Improved mood

Living with pain is mentally stressful. Freeing yourself from pain allows you to better appreciate all the positive and good aspects of your life. The decision to have hip surgery can restore a lot of confidence and well-being to your personal life. 

 

5. Better response to treatment

Hip surgery reduces the need for medications, physical therapy and other surgeries. Lower dosage or even no longer requiring some types of medications, especially opioid painkillers, is very beneficial in preventing all the risks associated with addiction/dependence to prolonged use of these substances.

 

6. High success and satisfaction rates

Hip surgery has a high rate of success and patient satisfaction. Most patients who undergo this surgery are between 50 and 80 years of age. However, there are no age restrictions to receive this procedure. You should always consult with your doctor about what is best for your case. 

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Why choose  Medforless
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MEDICAL VACATIONS MADE EASY

Regaining mobility and independence are unique sensations, which all people with affected joints should be able to enjoy. Med for Less offers you to achieve that improvement in your life with benefits such as:

Convenience:
Costa Rica is a unique destination for your medical vacation, with short direct flights from major U.S. cities.

Experienced doctors:
Doctors graduated from U.S. and European centers specialized in dental restoration, with more than 20 years of experience. All speak English ensuring the best communication and service.

Confidence: Health services in Costa Rica, are top of the line in technology, equipment and supplies. The main brands of dental implants approved by the FDA are used by our clinics.

Safety:
Costa Rica has security indexes higher than the main cities in the United States, being not only a natural paradise but a nation of peace, kindness where your safety is assured.

Finances:
Compared to U.S. market prices, the same treatments cost between 40% to 70% less in Costa Rica.

Assistance:
All in one place, our experienced agents will take care of all the details of your medical vacation, from transportation to a few days of relaxation in a tourist destination. 

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    Medical tourism in Costa Rica is positioned as a unique, exotic, sustainable and recently as a paradise of health services, which allows to have a growing number of foreigners visiting the country. Why Costa Rica? Medical treatments here cost between 45% and 70% less, offering the same standards as in the USA at a more affordable price. The best surgeons and doctors usually have studied and gained professional experience abroad. Whether in the United States, Canada or Europe. In addition, the proximity of Costa Rica allows direct flights from major U.S. and Canadian cities. The immigration policy allows these markets to not require a visa to enter the country, facilitating the decision to visit Costa Rica for their medical procedures and take advantage and enjoy its tropical beaches, volcanoes, hot springs, cloud forests and more. Medical tourism in Costa Rica started focused on cosmetic and dental surgery, however now there is an expanding medical tourism. Especially for other types of medical procedures and surgeries such as orthopedics. The impressive natural beauty of Costa Rica with its richness as its exceptional ecosystem, biodiversity and microclimates, added to its Pacific and Caribbean coasts, its offer of excursions in National Parks and Refuges make it one of the main destinations for exotic vacations. The entire 100% preserved undeveloped beaches, vibrant volcanoes and mystical cloud forests, dense wildlife including mammals, birds and reptiles make it one of the most popular countries of our time. Few medical tourism destinations can be as good from the medical point of view and quality of its professionals and supplies. And adding the additional beauties of the country makes it evident that Costa Rica is the number one choice for medical care. The medical offer in Costa Rica has been professionalizing the medical tourism segment, with the main objective of providing patients and their guests with a medical experience at the height of the popularity and excellence that already characterizes Costa Rica as a destination. The private hospitals in the San José area are state-of-the-art, where the country's best surgeons treat their patients. The capital city of San Jose offers a variety of lodging companies so that the patient can choose from limited service to chain hotels with assured luxury. Costa Rica is much more than the San Jose area, therefore Medforless also offers the opportunity to visit and stay in any destination in the country, enjoying its nature, beauty and human quality. Costa Rica is the ideal destination for medical tourism. In short, if you need to undergo any medical treatment or procedure, there is no doubt that Costa Rica is your best option; with its convenient location and accessibility, cheaper prices, large and modern hospitals, top of the line surgeons and the possibility to visit some fantastic popular destinations such as Guanacaste, Arenal, the beaches of the Central Pacific, National Parks such as volcanoes, and the exotic beaches of the Caribbean coast. All of this makes the trip a magnificent occasion and opportunity to spend some time in one of the most wonderful countries in the world. There is simply no better place to unwind, relax and recuperate.
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