An exact quotation is very difficult to provide, owing to unforeseen complications and costs, as well as the variability of pricing of different prostheses. However, the hospital manager
has structured a package for non-resident patients that includes the following:
- Pre-operative consultations
with Dr Verrier/Reardon and Dr van der Merwe/Welgemoed (anaesthetists)
- Pre-operative investigations including blood tests, Xrays, electrocardiogram
- Operation itself, including prosthesis and blood for transfusion if required
- Post-operative admission to intensive care for 48 hours
- Post-operative management in the general ward for up to 10 days
- Post-operative medications,
calf pumps, TED stockings, walking aids, consultations
- Surgeon, anaesthetist, physician, physiotherapist fees
- Accomodation for spouse for 2 weeks at a bed-and-breakfast 5 minutes from the hospital
These are big operations, and as such complications do sometimes occur. The risks of dislocation of the hip, deep vein thrombosis and infection are very small, but they unfortunately still exist. Obviously, should any such complication occur it would add to the expense.
If you would like to know the costs of the procedures,
please contact us and we will provide you with a breakdown
of the costs.
Unfortunately for South Africans the South African Rand is gradually weakening against the British Pound and the US Dollar. This does, however, mean that having surgery performed in this country is becoming increasingly more affordable for foreign patients.
Medical Tourism has allowed foreign patients to combine a vacation with their surgery. For example, patients arrive two weeks prior to the anticipated date of operation, and during those two weeks enjoy a vacation in Knysna and its surrounds. This also provides the patients with sufficient time to be evaluated and adequately prepared for their operations.
Following discharge from hospital it is ideal not to fly on a commercial flight for at least two weeks, but preferably closer to four weeks. It is also advisable to purchase seats which allow a semi-reclined position, as this minimizes the risk of deep vein thrombosis during the flight.