Pioneertown, CA (PressExposure) September 02, 2008 -- Steve Berg returned from a 15-day trip for hip resurfacing in India, a trip that only four months earlier heâd never imagined. He also never thought heâd be joining the fast growing ranks of medical tourists traveling overseas from North America for surgery they canât afford at home.
Last October, Steve Berg went to his chiropractor for an alignment to alleviate hip pain that caused him to pop up to 16 ibuprofens a day. But x-rays soon confirmed the chiropractorâs initial suspicion: severe arthritis, not a chiropractic adjustment, would require surgery. The diagnosis was confirmed by an orthopedic surgeon. He was then hit with further bad news: hip replacement anywhere near home would cost about $60,000 because he was among the 47 million uninsured Americans forced to gamble that theyâll never need serious medical attention.
He didnât have $60,000.
He hit the internet, and learned about an alternative to hip replacementâcalled hip resurfacing--that would provide him higher range of motion, shorter recovery time and the chance for future hip surgery should the arthritis cause further joint deterioration.
Berg, whose career restoring vintage motorcycles requires lots of mobility, chose Birmingham Hip Resurfacing ([http://www.worldmedassist.com/Hip_Resurfacing_Surgery_India.html]), but soon learned itâs impossible to find an experienced doctor in the U.S. because itâs a procedure only recently (2006) approved by the FDA. Berg found that several countries overseas had been resurfacing hips for a lot longer than in the U.S.
âThereâs a steep learning curve with this procedure, and I didnât want anyone in the U.S. practicing on me. When you look at our hospitals, you see a very high percentage of doctors from India, so I decided to go to the source!â Berg chuckled.
âFirst, I tried to arrange surgery in India myself, but I got so tangled up with all the options and paperwork, that I almost gave up,â Berg recalled. âFinally, I landed on [http://www.WorldMedAssist.com] and was impressed with their information about hip resurfacing [http://www.worldmedassist.com/Hip_Resurfacing_Surgery_India.html] I e-mailed them, and they immediately called me back to talk about details. I told them, âYouâre hired! Line up my options for India, and letâs push this through as fast as we can.â
With options in hand, Berg chose Wockhardt in Mumbai because their surgeon, Dr. Malhan, had done a large number of hip surgeries and is UK board certified. WorldMed Assist forwarded all Bergâs records to Dr. Malhan, who then assured Berg he was a good candidate for hip resurfacing.
âWorldMed Assist quoted me a total cost of just over $10,000, including hip surgery, hotel, a two-week hospital stay and all my travelâabout 1/6th the price I faced in the U.S. That price even included dental work Iâd been putting off for 7 years. My decision was clear, and three weeks from the time I first contacted WorldMed Assist, I was on a plane.â
While recovering from surgery in a private hospital suite complete with a refrigerator, visitorâs couch, computer, cable TV and his own deluxe bathroom, Berg met several other medical travelers. About a third had made their own arrangements, as Berg had attempted to do; several others had used global healthcare facilitators like WorldMed Assist [http://www.worldmedassist.com]
âBut no one had as clean an experience as I did,â he said. âThe biggest deal is having handlers at home who line up people to lead you through the entire overseas process. I told these other patients about WorldMed Assistâs serviceâhow they expedited my visa, ensured I was met at the airport and driven directly to my hotel, and above all, how they stayed in touch with me from our very first contact throughout the entire ordeal. Those patients were all pretty amazed at the level of service compared with their own experience. WorldMed Assist handled all those loose ends I turned out to be incapable of pulling together on my own.â
âNow, Iâm home, and already back to work. The pain in my hip was gone a week after surgery. Before surgery, I could only stand for one hour and then I needed to lie down on a hot pad for two hoursâ¦that makes for pretty slow progress restoring these motorcycles.â
Wouter Hoeberechts WorldMed Assist Pioneertown, CA 866-999-3848 X710 firstname.lastname@example.org [http://www.worldmedassist.com]