Hip Replacement in Thailand

Total Hip Replacement (THR), also known as hip arthroplasty, is a surgical procedure that replaces a worn out or damaged hip joint with an artificial one (prosthesis). This procedure is typically recommended for individuals suffering from hip pain or stiffness due to conditions like osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, hip fractures, and more. Thailand, recognized for its high-quality medical care, advanced technology, and skilled surgeons, has become a popular destination for this procedure.

Length of Surgery
2-3 hours
Time at Destination
4-6 weeks
Hospital Department
Type of Anesthesia
General anesthesia
Cost of Surgery
$7,000 - $15,000 (USD)

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$7,000 - $15,000

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$30,000 - $50,000


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$8,000 - $12,000

Please note that the prices provided are estimations and may vary based on various factors. Additionally, these prices do not include flights or accommodation.

All prices are in USD.

Understanding Total Hip Replacement

When considering hip replacement surgery in Thailand, a key factor for many patients is the cost-effectiveness of the procedure. The affordability of major surgeries in Thailand is a significant draw for medical tourists, with hip replacement being no exception.

Where the average cost of total hip replacement averages around $25,000 in United States and Australia, the cost is between the overall hip replacement package, which ranges from $7,000 to $15,000. The affordability of these comprehensive care packages is one of the factors that make Thailand an attractive destination for medical tourists seeking high-quality care and skilled surgeons.

Thailand's healthcare system has gained a reputation for providing high-quality medical care, particularly in the field of orthopedics. The expertise of Thai surgeons and the state-of-the-art facilities contribute to the country's status as a preferred destination for hip replacement surgery. Thai medical institutions offer a comprehensive range of services, ensuring that patients receive personalized care tailored to their specific needs.

  • Accredited hospitals with international standards
  • Multilingual staff to assist international patients
  • Advanced medical technology and equipment

A Step-by-Step Guide to Total Hip Replacement Surgery in Thailand

Pre-Surgery: Consultation and Medical Testing

Before undergoing THR, patients will need a complete physical examination to assess their overall health. This pre-surgery phase is crucial for ensuring the safety and success of the procedure. This may include blood tests, X-rays, and EKGs.

The consultation phase involves creating a detailed treatment plan tailored to the patient's specific health needs. It's an opportunity for patients to discuss their concerns and for surgeons to provide guidance on what to expect during and after the surgery.

Patients may also need to improve their physical health through exercises to strengthen their upper body and ensure they are at a healthy weight. It's also important to plan for the recovery period after surgery, including arranging for help at home and making necessary modifications to your home environment.

The costs for these preparatory steps are often included in the overall hip replacement package, which ranges from $7,000 to $15,000. The affordability of these comprehensive care packages is one of the factors that make Thailand an attractive destination for medical tourists seeking high-quality care and skilled surgeons.

The Surgical Procedure: What to Expect

The procedure typically lasts between 2-3 hours and is performed under general anesthesia. During the THR procedure, the surgeon removes the damaged cartilage and bone from the hip joint and replaces it with artificial components. The operation takes a few hours, with the specific surgical approach depending on the surgeon's expertise and the patient's individual needs. The most common approaches are posterior, anterior, and lateral.

Post-Surgery: Recovery and Rehabilitation in Thailand

The period following hip replacement surgery is crucial for ensuring a successful outcome. Patients typically undergo a structured recovery and rehabilitation process, which is meticulously planned to promote healing and restore mobility. In Thailand, this process is supported by a blend of advanced medical care and a nurturing environment conducive to recovery.

Post-surgery, patients will likely stay in the hospital for a few days before moving to a rehabilitation facility. A physical therapist will provide exercises to help regain strength and improve mobility. It's common to experience some pain and discomfort during the initial recovery period, but this can be managed with medication. Most people can resume normal activities 6 to 8 weeks after surgery, but full recovery may take several months.

  • Day 5-7
    • Post-operative care in the hospital.
    • Recovery and monitoring of the patient's condition.
  • Week 1-2
    • Transfer to the hotel for further recovery.
    • Physical therapy sessions begin.
  • Week 3-6
    • Continuation of physical therapy.
    • Patient can return to work if it's not physically demanding.
  • Week 7-12
    • End of physical therapy sessions.
    • Patient can resume low-impact sports activities.

Patients do not have to complete the entire rehabilitation process in Thailand, though it is recommended to complete at last a few weeks in Thailand for rehabilitation and before flying back home.

By the sixth month, patients are often able to engage in most of their pre-surgery activities, with improved joint function and less pain. It's important to note that individual recovery times can vary, and following the medical team's advice is essential for the best results.

The Costs of Total Hip Replacement

The cost of Total Hip Replacement in Thailand typically ranges from $7,000 to $15,000. The final price depends on the medical facility, the surgeon's expertise, the type of prosthesis used, and whether any additional treatments are required.

It's important to consider various factors such as the surgeon's expertise, hospital infrastructure, and the type of implant used. These elements, along with anesthesia, operating room charges, and the length of hospital stay, play a significant role in the overall cost and success of the surgery.

Remember, these costs do not include travel and accommodation expenses. Fortunately, the cost of living in Thailand is very affordable and you can find great 3-star hotels for as little as $50 USD per night.

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Best Hospitals for Hip Replacement in Thailand

Bumrungrad International Hospital
Bumrungrad International Hospital

Bumrungrad was founded in 1980 and is Southeast Asia's largest private hospital. It is one of the world's most popular medical tourism destinations, treating over 1.1 million patients annually of which many are overseas patients. Bumrungrad was the first hospital in Asia to receive JCI accreditation and has since received awards from numerous other agencies for its medical services.

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Praram 9 Hospital
Praram 9 Hospital

Praram 9 Hospital in Bangkok stands as a premier medical facility, known for its state-of-the-art equipment and dedicated team of professionals. Offering a wide range of medical services, it is particularly recognized for its excellence in specialized treatments and surgeries. With a focus on patient-centered care, it remains a top choice for both locals and international patients

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Vejthani Hospital
Vejthani Hospital

Vejthani Hospital, located in Bangkok, Thailand, is a leading private medical facility known for its comprehensive healthcare services. Established in 1994, it offers advanced medical treatments across various specialties, including orthopedics, cardiology, and cosmetic surgery. Accredited by the Joint Commission International (JCI), Vejthani Hospital is renowned for its high standards of patient

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MedPark Hospital
MedPark Hospital

MedPark Hospital is a state-of-the-art healthcare facility that opened in 2020. With a spacious 90,000 square meter building and over 30 departments, the hospital is equipped to handle a wide range of patient needs. It has 550 beds for inpatients and 300 examination rooms, all outfitted with advanced medical equipment to provide the highest quality of care.

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Common Questions

How much does Total Hip Replacement cost in Thailand?

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The cost of Total Hip Replacement in Thailand usually ranges from $7,000 to $15,000, but it can vary based on several factors.

What is the recovery period for Total Hip Replacement?

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Most people can return to normal activities 6 to 8 weeks after surgery, but full recovery may take several months. It's crucial to follow your surgeon's advice and rehabilitation plan to ensure a successful recovery.

When can I fly back home after getting Total Hip Replacement in Thailand?

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Patients are usually allowed to travel after 1 to 2 weeks post-surgery, but it can vary depending on the individual's recovery progress and the surgeon's recommendation.

How long should I plan to stay in Thailand for Total Hip Replacement?

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Plan to stay in Thailand for around 2 to 3 weeks. This allows for pre-operative preparation, the surgery itself, and an initial period of post-operative care and recovery.

Is it safe to do Hip Replacement in Thailand?

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Thailand has some of the best hospitals and medical facilities in the world, with highly skilled doctors and state-of-the-art technology. These facilities are accredited by international organizations, such as the Joint Commission International, ensuring that they meet global healthcare standards.

Konkai only works with accredited facilities to ensure that our clients receive safe, effective, and reliable medical care. We have done extensive research and vetting to ensure that the hospitals and clinics we work with provide the highest quality of care and meet the same standards as medical facilities in developed countries. We prioritize your well-being and only recommend medical facilities that we would trust to provide care to our own loved ones.

Does my insurance cover Hip Replacement in Thailand?

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Whether medical insurance covers Hip Replacement in Thailand or not depends on the individual policy. Some policies cover the procedure, while others may not. It's important to check with your insurance provider to find out if Hip Replacement is covered and if there are any restrictions or limitations on coverage for medical procedures performed outside of your home country.

Some policies may require pre-authorization or pre-approval for medical procedures performed outside of your home country.

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