Total Hip Replacement Surgery (Unilateral) in South Africa

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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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the health care infrastructure of South Africa / Why should opt for South Africa as a destination for your medical treatment?
Like most countries, hospitals in South Africa are based upon public and private healthcare systems. There are three main levels of healthcare based upon the payment method of the patient.
  • The full paying patients are those who usually prefer to be treated by a doctor working in the private sector. They can also be funded by an external source. Many non-South African citizens also prefer this treatment service.
  • Fully subsidized patients are those who have been referred from a Primary Healthcare Service Hospital.
  • Partially subsidized patients are patients whose costs are subsidized based on the amount of their income.
The public healthcare system has three main centers for health under its wing:
  • Clinics - These are run by trained professionals and nurses. They can serve as the first point of contact for a patient.
  • Community Healthcare Centre - This is a bigger setup, complete with full-fledged services and doctors and nurses.
  • Hospital - A patient usually gets here after a referral from a clinic or community health center. One can also go in for emergencies. A hospital provides various services like performing surgery and treating chronic illnesses.
Hospitals in South Africa are gearing up to tackle major illnesses and to provide better treatment options. The South African government is also working to introduce policies and towards accommodating more patients from all across the world. It is a great country to find affordable treatment options.
What are the conditions of the hospitals in South Africa? Are they JCI certified? What is the quality of the support staff in the hospitals
The Joint Commission International (JCI) accredits and certifies most health care organizations and programs all around the world. Joint Commission International Accreditation and Certification is recognized as the global leader for health care quality of care and patient safety.
Are the doctors/surgeons in South Africa of the best quality?
Doctors associated with Medigence are of the best quality. We hope to give our patients a pleasant experience and the best doctors we can find. Since South Africa has a lot of requirements in the field of healthcare, the country attracts doctors from all over the world to contribute their services. This can help to ensure that even you receive the best quality of doctors.
What is the process for obtaining a medical visa in South Africa?
One can apply for a visa to South Africa for a period of 90 days. The High Commission of India can then help one decide for how long a visa can be extended. This usually differs from person to person. The Medical Visa allows a person to stay for a maximum of six months with a valid visa. After this, one can go to the FRO office ( Foreigner’s Registration Office ) or FRRO (Foreigner's Regional Registration Office) and request for an extension. Do note that the validity of a visa begins on the day it is issued by the High Commission of India and not on the date of departure. Applications for visas will not be accepted more than 30 days prior to departure.
What support services does MediGence provide in the United Arab Emirates?
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Which are the best cities in South Africa for medical treatment?
While many cities are striving to create some of the best hospitals in South Africa, Durban, Lenasia, and Cape Town already have some very good hospitals for treatment in South Africa. Located in Durban, Ethekwini Hospital and Heart Centre is a reasonable and affordable hospital in South Africa. Life Kingsbury Hospital in Capetown provides a holistic healing environment for patients. One can also opt for the Ahmed Kathrada Private Hospital in Lenasia. This hospital has been running for nearly 30 years now and various medical facilities can be availed from here.

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