Knee Replacement Alternatives in Medical Tourism
The most common cause of knee pain is osteoarthritis. As the cartilage of the knee joint deteriorates as a result of arthritis, bone becomes exposed, causing pain. Although knee replacement surgery is the most effective and long-lasting method of treating osteoarthritis of the knee, there are some alternatives to knee replacement.
Most knee replacement alternatives focus on limiting pain, rather than treating the cause. Some options include anti-inflammatory medications, lifestyle changes, and other treatments - which can often reduce the pain caused by osteoarthritis, and delay the need for a knee replacement. In the intermediate stages of osteoarthritis, many patients are given joint fluid therapy, also known as "chicken shots" or "rooster juice". Cortisone shots and Synvisc injections are also often successful in limiting knee pain in the short term. However, in many cases, patients who are seeking a long-term solution to osteoarthritis should consider surgical treatment. Some options, such as osteotomy - especially with younger, more active patients - can in many cases delay the need for total knee replacement surgery for a few years.
In recent years, medical travel has risen as one of the best alternatives to knee replacement surgery in the United States. Medical travel – commonly referred to as medical tourism – is the practice of traveling overseas for healthcare. Over the last few years, medical travel has experienced tremendous growth, as costs in the US have risen. As international travel has become more affordable, medical travel has become an increasingly sought-after option for a variety of procedures. Once viewed as the best option for healthcare, the United States has since been equaled – and even surpassed – by many countries around the world.
Formosa Medical Travel works on behalf of patients seeking affordable knee and hip replacement surgery in Taiwan. At Formosa Medical Travel, there is no charge for our services, and your procedure is fully insurable against complications through a US insurer. Most of the hospitals in our network have been accredited by Joint Commission International (JCI). These world-class facilities provide outstanding care at rates far lower than those in the United States. We will book your surgery, transfer medical records, assist in finding your flight and hotel, and we'll be there at the airport when you arrive, all at no direct cost to you.
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