Total Hip Replacement (Unilateral) Surgery in Singapore

More than 355678 people undergo total hip replacement surgeries worldwide every year. Hip replacement is performed in case of severe arthritis in the hip joint, complete hip fracture, or other accidental injury leading to restricted movements, partial or complete immobility among candidates. It is one of the major surgeries performed in lakhs of candidates across the world, which flaunts high success records every year. With modern advancements leading to more flourishing medical technologies, hip replacement surgeries have been more successful in the long-term than it was before. In general, the total hip replacement cost is available at an approximate rate of $32,000, and depends on a number of factors. 

What is Total Hip Replacement?

Also known as total hip arthroplasty, the procedure is implemented in case of complete damaged or fracture hip joint along with torn or injured cartilage. The procedure involves replacing the entire joint with prosthesis in order to help the candidate continue with a healthy lifestyle. The most common causes of hip replacement are osteoarthritis, autoimmune diseases like rheumatoid arthritis, post-traumatic arthritis, and vascular necrosis. 

Ideal Candidate for Total Hip Replacement

Total hip replacement is not only being suggested but also performed on thousands of patients all across the world, irrespective of age. Where candidates belonging to the age group of 50 years to 80 years are most common, yet juvenile cases are also noticeable worldwide. Thus, a person is evaluated to be an ideal candidate if the individual:

  • Suffers from prolonged hip pain and inflammation which is unresponsive to conservative treatments 
  • Is diagnosed with degenerative disease
  • Damaged hip bone beyond repair 
  • Loss of mobility
  • Stiffened hip bone interfering with daily activities

Factors Affecting the Cost of Total Hip Replacement

The hip replacement cost depends on a number of factors, which are:

  • The type of condition the candidate is diagnosed with
  • The extent of procedure required
  • Type of prosthesis required or suitable for the procedure
  • Proficiency of the surgeons performing the procedures
  • Follow up care or healthcare facilities required.
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About the Total Hip Replacement U/L

Unilateral hip replacement surgery is conducted in patients who suffer from osteoarthritis of just one hip joint or those who have damaged or infected joint on one side of the hips.

A unilateral hip replacement surgery is less time intensive and serious than a bilateral hip replacement surgery, which involves removal and replacement of joints on both the sides of the hips.

During the unilateral hip replacement surgery, which is also known as hip arthroplasty, the affected side of the hip is cut open to expose the diseased hip joint. It is cut and removed before transplanting artificial prosthesis.

Some hip replacement surgeons may choose to use the cemented prosthesis, while others may choose uncemented prosthesis. Opening up the hip area to perform the surgery is not necessary if a minimally invasive technique is used to achieve the same objective.

Unilateral hip replacement surgery is the last treatment options for a patient who have not experienced any relief from constant hip pain through other alternative treatments such as physical therapy, exercising, and the use of painkillers.

Best Candidates For Unilateral Hip Joint Surgery

Patients who experience the following symptoms are recommended to undergo unilateral hip replacement surgery:

  • Constant pain on one of the  side that makes it difficult to walk, stand, or sit properly
  • Stiffness on one side of the hip
  • Pain on one side of the hip even when resting

How is Total Hip Replacement U/L performed?

  • You will be given anesthesia before the surgery. Once you are under its effect, the surgical site is cleaned with an antiseptic and an intravenous line in the arm or hand is attached.
  • The surgeon makes an incision at the surgical site and removes the diseased hip joint with the help of surgical tools. The removed joint is replaced with an artificial prosthesis and the incision is closed with surgical staples or stitches. The incision site is secured with a sterile bandage dressing.
  • In the case of a minimally invasive surgery, several small incision are made to insert the surgical tools. The unilateral hip replacement recovery time performed using minimally invasive technique is much less as compared to open surgery.

Recovery from Total Hip Replacement U/L

Unilateral hip replacement surgery recovery time varies from one patient to the other. The success of this surgery hugely depends on your ability to follow the instructions given by the surgeon home care during the first few weeks after the procedure.

At the time of discharge, you will still have sutures and stitched under the skin. The doctor will removes stitches approximately two weeks after the surgery. 

See that you do not wet the wound until it is sealed and dried. You can bandage the wound to avoid irritation from clothing or support stockings. The unilateral hip replacement recovery time is less as compared to bilateral surgery.

Recovery Steps post Hip Replacement Surgery

During the first few weeks of your surgery, make sure to perform the exercises advised by the doctor. You may experience a little discomfort during activity and at night for several weeks. You will be able to return to conduct light activities within three to six weeks after the surgery.

Pain after hip replacement surgery goes away gradually. You may be given medications to manage pain after the surgery for a few days until it goes away completely.

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What is the health care infrastructure of Singapore / Why should opt for Singapore as a destination for your medical treatment?
Singapore is generally known for its well-managed health care infrastructure and has an efficient and widespread system of healthcare. Singapore was ranked 6th in the World Health Organization's ranking of the world's health systems in the year 2000. Bloomberg ranked Singapore's healthcare system the most efficient in the world in 2014. Three main healthcare groups exist in Singapore:
  • National Healthcare Group
  • National University Health System
  • SingHealth
The 10 public hospitals in Singapore comprise 8 general hospitals (AH, SGH, NUH, CGH, TTSH, KTPH, NTFGH & SKH), and 2 specialized hospitals (KKH & IMH). In addition, there are 9 national specialty centres for cancer (NCCS & NCIS), cardiac (NHCS & NUHCS), eye (SNEC), skin (NSC), neuroscience (NNI) and dental care (NDCS & NUCOHS). The private healthcare infrastructure in Singapore is also well established. The payment methods include private payment gateways or private insurance companies. You can expect better technology to be used in private hospitals in Singapore. Various procedures like stem cell therapy and cancer research are conducted in Singapore.
What are the conditions of the hospitals in Singapore? 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. Here are some of the JCI certified hospitals in Singapore :
  • Mount Elizabeth Hospital
  • Singapore National Eye Centre
  • National Dental Centre
  • Raffles Hospital
  • National University Hospital
  • Gleneagles Hospital
  • Singapore General Hospital
  • National Heart Centre Singapore
  • Changi General Hospital
  • National Cancer Centre
  • National Skin Centre
  • Johns Hopkins Singapore International Medical Centre
  • Tan Tock Seng Hospital
Are the doctors/surgeons in Singapore of the best quality?
Since Singapore is known all over the world for some of the best medical treatments all across the globe, you can surely expect the best quality of doctors and surgeons here. This country has a very high quality of life and hence the health of people is of high priority.
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People who wish to go to Singapore as a tourist for social purposes or seeking medical treatment, and require a longer period of stay beyond the Visit Pass granted on entry into Singapore, may submit an application for extension of stay (not more than 89 days from date of entry) online using the e-Service of ICA. All extension applications must be submitted online using the e-service at least seven days prior to the expiry of the visit pass to avoid overstaying. Extension of visit will not be accepted over the counter. Every visit pass issued to any person as a tourist or for the purpose of a social visit or medical treatment shall be subjected to the condition that the holder shall not engage in any form of employment (paid or unpaid) or in any business, profession or occupation in Singapore during the validity of that pass unless he is a holder of a valid work pass issued under the Employment of Foreign Manpower Act. Do visit the ICA website for further information.
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