Hip Resurfacing Surgery in South Korea

Hip resurfacing surgery is highly recommended to candidates diagnosed with advanced hip arthritis. However, the procedure is only preferred to the individuals who do not require complete replacement of the femoral head along with the bone. As opposed to THR or total hip replacement surgery, hip resurfacing keeps the femoral head intact and implements a modified approach to provide a cure. The procedures are suggested to suitable candidates who shall respond better without a complete replacement. The success rates for hip resurfacing surgery varies from 86% to 93% for 8-10 years. The longevity of the procedure also depends on the type of implant used across the world. 

What is Hip Resurfacing Surgery?

Hip arthritis often results in bone degeneration and cartilage damage, owing to which, resurfacing surgeries are highly implemented. The procedure provides umpteenth relief to candidates struggling with extreme pain, inflammation and partial or complete immobility. The procedure involves fixing a metal cap on the head of the femoral bone which is complimented with a cup shaped metal prosthesis affixed at the acetabular cavity. The femoral head is polished for ensuring a smooth surface in order to reduce friction between the bone and the metal cap. The metal used, in general, is an alloy of cobalt and chrome, which ensures guaranteed longevity to the candidates. 

Ideal Candidate for Hip Resurfacing Surgery

Hip resurfacing surgery is considered one of the better alternatives to complete replacement surgeries for suitable candidates. However, the candidate should:

  • Be suffering from progressive stage osteoarthritis 
  • Is young and has difficulty in continuing with the daily activities
  • Has strong and healthy bone density as well as structure
  • Be unresponsive to other conservative treatment options available.

Factors Affecting the Cost of Hip Resurfacing Surgery

The cost of hip resurfacing surgery varies from $5,500 to $28,000. The cost mostly depends on the country from where the procedure is being availed. Hence, determining factors for hip resurfacing cost are:

  • Type of metal used
  • Experience and proficiency of the surgeon performing the procedure
  • Healthcare facilities availed
  • Complexities, if any
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About the Hip Resurfacing Surgery

Birmingham hip resurfacing surgery is an alternative to the total hip replacement surgery, which is indicated in patients with advanced arthritis of the hip. The latter could be performed as an anterior hip replacement or posterior hip replacement.

Both hip resurfacing and total hip replacement procedures are, in a way, a form of hip replacement. In Birmingham hip resurfacing surgery, the femoral head of the bone is not removed.

Instead, it is trimmed and capped with a metal covering and the damaged bone is replaced with a metal cup. In total hip replacement surgery (anterior hip replacement and posterior hip replacement), the femoral head and neck of the bone are removed and replaced with a metal ball and a metal stem.

Conditions that are treated with hip resurfacing

  • Arthritis
  • Fracture
  • Increased stress to the bones because of obesity (overuse of the bones)
  • Congenital abnormalities
  • Necrosis (loss of blood supply)

Best Candidates For Birmingham Hip Resurfacing Surgery

Patients with advanced arthritis of the hip are recommended to undergo hip resurfacing surgery. Hip resurfacing is not suitable for all patients. Patients below 60 years who have strong healthy bones are allowed to undergo hip resurfacing surgery. Patients with femoral neck cysts, severe bone loss, and osteoporosis are not suitable for this procedure.

How is Hip Resurfacing Surgery performed?

  • Hip resurfacing surgery takes around two to three hours to complete. First, a general or a spinal anaesthesia is administered. The surgical site is then cleaned with an antiseptic liquid.
  • The surgeon makes an incision in the thigh to reach the hip joint. The femoral head is dislocated from the joint and then trimmed with the help of specialized instruments. After the femoral head is trimmed, the metal cap is inserted on to the femoral head. A special instrument called reamer is used to remove the cartilage lining the socket and a metal cup is fixed.
  • After fixing the metal cup, femoral head (metal head) is relocated into the joint. The incision is then closed and the patient is closely monitored until he or she is recovering from anaesthesia.

Recovery from Hip Resurfacing Surgery

  1. Hip resurfacing recovery rate varies from one patient to another. Typically, a patient is required to stay in the hospital for at least three to seven days. The hospital stay depends on the extent of pain that the patient experiences and the overall general health.
  2. Intravenous fluids and pain medications are administered to the patient during hospitalization days. A physical therapist guides the patient about the exercises that he or she must perform every day for quick healing and recovery.
  3. Sitting and walking is usually permitted by the physician, depending on the condition of the patient. The patient is required to walk with the help of crutches for at least two weeks after discharge. To keep hip resurfacing recovery under check, the patient must see the physician as per the follow-up schedule.
  4. The combined movement of bending of the hip and turning of the foot should be avoided as it may cause dislocation of the joint. A pillow should be placed between the legs while sleeping for at least four weeks after the surgery and crossing of the legs should be completely avoided.
  5. Elevated toilet seats should be used to reduce the discomfort. The wound should be kept clean and dry to reduce the risk of infection. Excess drainage, redness, swelling, and fever should be reported immediately to the physician.

Pros

  • Decreased bone damage and osteolysis (erosion of bone)
  • Decreased chances of bone dislocation as the size of the metal ball is nearly equal to the size of the natural femoral head
  • Revision surgery or exchange of implant is easier as less bone is removed
  • The walking pattern of the patient after surgery seems natural when compared with the walking pattern of the patient who undergoes total hip replacement surgery
  • The activity level after resurfacing is higher as compared to total hip replacement surgery

Cons                                       

  • Risk of femoral neck fracture
  • Loosening of the metal implants
  • Risk of pain and swelling due to allergic reaction to metal ions

Hip Resurfacing Complications

  • Infection: The infection can be prevented by keeping the wound clean and dry.
  • Blood clots (deep vein thrombosis): Deep vein thrombosis can be prevented by performing physical exercises recommended by the physiotherapist.
  • Fractures: The risk of a fracture can be prevented by avoiding careless movement causing falls.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the health care infrastructure of South Korea / Why should opt for South Korea as a destination for your medical treatment?
South Korea is recognized for its strict rules and regulations which have kept the country in strict discipline. As an upside, the country has well-maintained regulations for every process and impressive medical healthcare facilities which have garnered thousands of visitors from across the world. The reason for opting for hospitals in South Korea is the astounding treatment options available at a very cost-effective price range, which is undoubtedly more affordable than most of the developed countries across the world. Besides the well-planned infrastructure, the treatment in South Korea and the alternatives offered are tempting enough. Apart from that, the country also flaunts high success rates and has thus been able to cure some of the most complex diseases in the world.
What are the conditions of the hospitals in South Korea? Are they JCI certified? What is the quality of the support staff in the hospitals?
The Joint Commission International (JCI) is a global leader in health care accreditation. JCI accreditation is considered a gold standard in worldwide health care. It provides the most skilled and experienced healthcare professionals in the medical industry, as evaluators of the rigorous international standards in healthcare quality and patient safety. YUHS Severance Hospital + Gangnam Severance Hospital is a JCI certified hospital in South Korea.
Are the doctors/surgeons in South Korea of the best quality?
The doctors and surgeons providing treatments in South Korea are globally recognized for their service in the medical field. Furnished with degrees from reputed universities and decades of training and experience, the doctors have earned high success rates throughout their professional careers. The doctors have to undergo rigorous training to keep up with the strict protocol and measures of hospitals in South Korea. Hence, quality is maintained.
What is the process for obtaining a medical visa in South Korea?
The Korean embassy follows a strict protocol for obtaining a visa for traveling to the country. The necessary documents (photocopies and original) have been listed on their official website and should be strictly adhered to. The candidate also has to produce necessary papers stating the medical cause and referral certificate signed by the registered medical practitioner. Although these need to be taken care of by the candidate, the rest of the procedures and further visa assistance is managed by the sponsors in most cases. A Medical Dependent Visa is granted to those who are accompanying a patient traveling to Sount Korea for medical treatment on a Medical Visa. This visa can be given to a close relative/family member or a friend of the patient. Please note that relevant letters/documents explaining details of the treatment, signed and stamped by the concerned hospitals/doctors, a declaration from the patient or an immediate family member is also required confirming the escort travel along with the patient.
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Which are the best cities in South Korea for medical treatment?
Treatment in South Korea is affordable. Seoul is the capital of South Korea and one of the main cities for healthcare. Seoul and Daegu have some of the best hospitals in South Korea. Busan, Incheon, and Ulsan also have developing healthcare facilities.

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