ossible in India. At one-fourth the treatment cost in the US, I have got good care, said Gudeus.
According to Marya, director of Orthopedics and Joint Replacement at Max Healthcare, several patients now also seek Rotating Platform Flexion (RPF) or advanced knee replacement surgery that offers greater flexibility including bending and kneeling.
This is another surgical technique developed by a British surgeon and being done by a few hospitals in India. It is yet to be approved by the US FDA.
Patients are increasingly opting for surgeries like surface hip replacement and RPF despite the higher cost as they are very suitable for Asian life-style, offering greater flexibility of movement with more longevity than conventional techniques, said Marya.
The list of patients having benefited from these surgeries include many from the US, Canada, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Afghanistan and the Middle East countries, said R. K. Sharma of the Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals.
Most overseas patients opt for RPF and surface hip replacement surgeries as they allow for greater flexibility to continue with activities like gardening and games, said Sharma, senior consultant orthopedics and joint replacement at Apollo.
The attraction of India is that we are offering surgeries that are still not approved by US FDA or the cost is too high back home. The orthopedic patient community search the website when making a decision, said Sharma.
Most of the surgeons like Sharma have ongoing correspondence with patients overseas. With many of the preliminary tests done, the wait for surgery is reduced to the minimum once in India for treatment.
The package offered to the patients has no hidden costs. It includes post-operative care either in tie-up with some five-star hotel or services apartments with full regime of dietician, physiotherapists, room service and even a holiday on recovery.
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