Knee replacement surgery is usually necessary when the knee joint is worn or damaged so that your mobility is reduced, and you are in pain even while resting.
There are 2 main types of surgery:
Total knee replacement – both sides of your knee joint are replaced
Partial (half) knee replacement – only 1 side of your joint is replaced in a smaller operation with a shorter hospital stay and recovery period
You will usually be in hospital for 3 to 5 days, but recovery times can vary.
Once you can be discharged, your hospital will give you advice about looking after your knee at home. You will need to use a frame or crutches at first and a physiotherapist will teach you exercises to help strengthen your knee.
Most people can stop using walking aids around 6 weeks after surgery and start driving after 6 to 8 weeks.
Hip replacement surgery is usually necessary when the hip joint is worn or damaged so that your mobility is reduced, and you are in pain even while resting.
The surgeon makes a cut (incision) into the hip, removes the damaged hip joint and replaces it with an artificial joint or implant.
The surgery usually takes around 1 to 2 hours to complete.
You will usually be in hospital for 3 to 5 days, but recovery time can vary.
Once you are ready to be discharged, your hospital will give you advice about looking after your hip at home. You will need to use a frame or crutches at first and a physiotherapist will teach you exercises to help strengthen your hip muscles.
Cataracts are when the lens of your eye, a small transparent disc, develops cloudy patches.
When we are young, our lenses are usually like clear glass, allowing us to see through them.
As we get older, they start to become frosted, like bathroom glass, and begin to limit our vision.
Cataract surgery is a straightforward procedure that usually takes 30 to 45 minutes.
It is often carried out as day surgery under local anaesthetic and you should be able to go home on the same day.
During the operation, the surgeon will make a tiny cut in your eye to remove the cloudy lens and replace it with a clear plastic one.
It can lead to significant weight loss and help improve many obesity-related conditions, such as type 2 diabetes or high blood pressure.
There are several types of weight loss surgery. The surgery we offer is the sleeve gastrectomy – some of your stomach is removed, so you cannot eat as much as you could before, and you will feel full sooner.
ADDITIONAL TREATMENTS AVAILABLE
Generally, if a procedure is available on the public healthcare system, your treatment will be covered when you travel abroad.
Below are examples of some of the most common healthcare procedures that patients are currently travelling for.