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PATTY ADACHI FROM CHICAGO USA

BABY BOOMERS REBORN IN INDIA
More and more baby boomers are finding new life in India. Used to enjoying active lives, still independent and adventurous, many are finding themselves suffering from arthritis of the hips that is so severe, they are in constant pain, walking short distances becomes difficult, and standing for more than five minutes becomes painful. Life comes to a halt.

In the U.S., the solution is total hip replacement (THR). But there are drawbacks. Total hip replacement uses both metal and plastic parts, and it’s the plastic that wears down from strenuous activity over time. Because THR might only last ten years, doctors advise people to wait as long as they can before performing THR, making people face years of increasing pain and increasing inability to live their lives as Once the hip has been replaced, people aren’t able to return to the activities they loved: – skiing, mountain climbing, dancing – because they don’t have the same range of motion and because of the need to avoid another operation. And for the many people who don’t have health insurance, the cost is between thirty-five and sixty-thousand dollars. Even people who have health insurance find themselves paying up to $10,000 in deductibles.

So, many baby boomers are finding a solution in India. For as little as $5,000, you can have a brand new hip and return to the same level of activity as before. Developed in England, hip resurfacing is a much better solution for people with basically strong bones than total hip replacement. The operation is far less invasive. Instead of cutting off part of the thigh bone, as in total hip replacement, the worn-out cartilage is replaced with all metal parts that last longer than plastic. People recover months faster, have the same mobility as before, and are able to return to all the activities they loved.

At Sri Ramakrishna Hospital in Coimbatore, a city in southern India, Dr. Balasubramanian is helping baby boomers regain their lives. He provides free consultation. You can send x-rays or e-mail digital x-rays, and if your bones are strong enough, he’ll let you know within a day of receiving your e-mail. $5,000 is the cost of a complete package developed for overseas patients. $5,000 will cover surgeon’s, assisting surgeons’, and anesthesiogist’s fees; all preliminary tests (blood, EKG, chest and hip x-rays, etc.); all medication and costs of a typically seven-day stay in the hospital. You get to stay in the deluxe suite. This is a suite that is like a small apartment. It’s air conditioned, has one or two extra beds for family members or friends who come with you, has potable water, a refrigerator, microwave, facilities to make your own coffee or tea, and a private bath. Almost best of all, you have 24-hour Internet access! The entire hospital staff is incredible – accessible at all times, helpful, warm and friendly. Dr. Balasubramanian visits you several times and day and will answer any questions you have. He’s a wonderful man who is quite jolly – he loves to joke and laugh, and will sit and chat and answer all the questions you’ve got.

Bilateral hip resurfacing
For people who have severe osteoarthritis in both hips, and who don’t want to have to make and pay for a second long plane journey, he will perform bilateral hip resurfacing, with about a week between operations. The cost is about double, with a slight discount. In either case, you should plan on staying eleven days after surgery before taking a long plane ride home. For overseas patients travelling alone, have no fear! Staff members will meet you at the airport, take you to the hospital, arrange and make reservations for your recuperation after leaving the hospital, and take you back to the airport.
For more information, Dr. Balasubramanian has a website: www.hipresurfacingcenter.com.

 
 
 
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