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Old 03-08-2015   #11
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Old 03-08-2015   #12
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My friend went to India for a Birmingham Hip 8 years ago, Believe it or not it worked out real well. It's still cheaper then the U.S. even after the travel over there and at the time the Indian Doctors had a lot more experience with the Birmingham hips.

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First I would begin by assessing the risk//benefit ratio of having any procedure oversees. Sure it may cost 10 grand to have the procedure here, but cost may be the least of your worries if something goes wrong. I would analyze the risk of morbidities here verses the country where you are planning to go. If you end up with an infected knee after your procedure and need hardware removal make sure you have the films. Orthopods are leary about fixing someone elses shitty work.
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I live in a ski town with some of the best bone and muscle doctors in nation (US Ski Team Doctors). They get these athletes back on the slope in no time, but its mostly about PT and the knowledge they have from sports related injuries. I would be nervous about doctors in another country but have heard some great things about over seas surgery. For my money (and yes its going to cost me more up here) I will stick to the guys/girls down the street who repaire the Olympic medalists knee or back. Even if they are not as good as someone in a major city, my mind convinces itself they are. Mind over matter! I am also in the market for a repaired shoulder.
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I guess the first thing, you've got to find out is if your insurance will cover out of country surgeries. If not, it doesn't sound like you're going to save any money in the long run.

My wife need surgery that we wound up having to pay about 14k out of pocket. We arranged a payment schedule and paid it off.

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