Looking for insight

So I am trying to get my hip replaced in Canada and after a two month wait, I finally called the Orthopedic Surgeon’s office to see if they had determined when I might be able to have my first consult.  They told me that they had not yet received my application from the family physician.  I will skip the rant.  I called my GP yesterday to ask to have it send to the orthopedic surgeon again.  The office of the orthopedic surgeon did mention while I was speaking with them that it will be six to eight months before my consult and approximately 18 months from that date for surgery….if the surgeon decides to take me.  He is not obligated to.

So I looked into surgery in the United States. The costs vary greatly from 30k up to as high as 75k.  I would have no coverage in the U.S. so it would be out of pocket….and therefore not affordable.  Those amounts converted to Canadian are actually about 40% higher.  I could sell my house and live in a tent I suppose J

Anyway, I did some more research and apparently I could get a replacement in Belgium for about 13k to 20k Canadian. Still high, but someone more affordable.  Has anyone had surgery in Belgium or know of anyone who has.  Curious if what I am reading is just hype or if they actually do have very good outcomes.



8 thoughts on “Looking for insight

  1. Wow Timmmer. I am really sorry you have to endure such a long process to get your hip replaced. I have no contacts in Belgium so I am not sure what to tell you about the quality of work, but I am sure it is like it is everywhere….do your research and be sure you have a good surgeon. You know what they say, the squeaky wheel always gets fixed. Keep squeaking at home and maybe you can talk them into moving you up the list.

  2. Well, if Michigan is close to you here’s another possibility. At the Holland (Michigan) Bone and Joint Center Dr. Derrick Johnson is highly reguarded in Anterior THR’s (he did mine). Took 4 months from the time I scheduled my first visit to the date of surgery.

    Cost: Initial quote was $57,000, my insurance brought that down to $34,000 ~ for “everything”. If your paying cash you might be able to reduce that further.

    1. Rich_65….I am actually very close to that area. Just across the border from it. It may be worth a shot, but even at 34000 the Canadian equivalency is almost 48,000. I could fly my whole family to Belgium for a month, have the surgery, and return after a small vacation for less than that 🙂

  3. I would say wait and save your money for the races you’ll enter after you’ve had your hip replaced. I was bone on bone for over 10 years, maybe even 15 years. The longer you wait the better the technology, that said I wish I had mine done sooner so I could have discovered running/racing earlier. Unless there’s a pressing need I would still recommend waiting and use this time to prepare for the surgery.

    1. My right leg is a full 3 inches shorter than my left and the discrepancy is all because I have almost no neck at the end of my femur. In addition to the pain caused by the wearing, something (a very unhappy nerve) is now getting pinched. I have had to continuously increase pain medication. I am also fearful of what is happening to my left knee and pelvis. I am afraid that even having waited as long as I have, I have done more harm than good. My goal was to wait until I was 55. I am 46 and I am pretty much at my wits end, constantly in pain. Stopped running, and don’t even want to walk or bike now. So it is definitely time. I don’t want to lose all of my muscle mass while waiting to get this done.

    1. Please let me know how it goes for you. I will be very curious to see how your results are and how the overall experience was. Thanks for the link.

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