A bit of a counter-intuitive thought and process here, but Americans in need of surgery are headed to India for shorter waits and costs about 75 percent less than the amount someone could fork over in America.
People do get great medical help in this country, though it is horribly expensive for even the most minor of surgeries. Doctors I've talked to blame malpractice and insurance companies but they pick on malpractice because they figure convincing legislators that it is bad for lawyers to make money is easier than convincing them insurance companies charge through the roof because they can.
Talk about your Hobson's Choice.
Robert Walter Beeney was unable to walk due to a stiff hip when he landed in India Jan 24. Twenty days later, he not only recovered after a rare hip replacement surgery at Apollo Hospital here but also visited the famous Taj Mahal in Agra after that.
The 64-year-old real estate consultant from San Francisco underwent successful surface replacement surgery using the anatomic surface replacement (ASR) hip system Jan 27, reportedly becoming the first US national to come to India for the treatment.
...A team of doctors, led by orthopaedic surgeon Vijay Bose, carried out the procedure for Beeney. Jayaramchander Pingle, a member of the medical team, told a news conference Tuesday that while in the conventional hip replacement surgery the total hip was replaced in the new system the patient's original head and neck of femur were preserved and only their surface is replaced with metal on metal articulation.
With the use of very advanced metallurgy in this device, the wear and tear is reduced to a fraction in the artificial joint as opposed to the conventional total hip replacement.
Another advantage of the latest procedure is that in the event of any problem that may occur in the long term, the conventional total hip replacement can be done at a later stage.
Beeney, who came to know about the procedure in India through the Internet, said that since this was not yet cleared by the US Food and Drug Administration, he decided to come here.
"This is despite the fact that the device that is fixed in the hip is made in the US," he said.