Cheapest Knee Replacement @ Rs. 4000 in India
Knee replacement surgery (arthroplasty) or total knee prosthesis is an operative surgery to replace a damaged, worn or diseased knee with an artificial joint (prosthesis).
Age and gender are not criteria to be considered if someone is having a knee replaced. In general, the only reason for surgical replacement depends on the degree of severity and disability. It is mainly recommended for older people, but adolescents or adults can have a knee replacement if there is excessive wear on the knee joint.
A knee replacement usually lasts longer than 20 years, especially if the new knee is used properly and not put under too much stress.
However the cost of knee replacement is very high in India especially in private hospitals. Because of the obvious reasons such as expensive devices, specialized doctors, administrative cost etc. But there are many hospitals offering low cost knee replacement surgery in India.
Factors considered before deriving the cost
While there are multiple factors based on which the cost of knee replacement is calculated. However the most basic factors are:
- Hospital type
- Material used for the implant
- Surgeon charges
- Hospital costs
- Medical tests
- Patient’s medical condition
- Whether it is for one/both the knees
- Whether it is partial or total knee replacement
In this article, we’ll discuss point no. 1 i.e. which hospitals offer lowest knee replacement cost. In India, the patient can be operated in either:
- Government hospitals
- Charitable trust hospitals
- Private hospitals
(1) Government Hospitals
Government hospitals is where the cheapest knee replacement surgery can be done. For e.g. in Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education & Research (PGIMER), Chandigarh the cost of Total Knee Replacement is Rs. 4,000; which naturally is affordable compared to non-government hospitals in India.
(2) Charitable Trust
There are many charitable hospitals in different cities of India with each having different charges. However after government hospitals, charitable hospitals are the best option to save money on knee joint replacement surgery as the charges are very affordable, although typically higher than the government hospital.
(3) Private Hospitals
Private hospitals charge very high charges for the knee replacement. However after the new policy implemented by Government of India
For e.g. in Apollo Hospital, the total knee replacement implant cost varies depending on:
- Component of the knee to be replaced
- Feature/material of implant
- Number of units
Knee Replacement Charges in Indian Hospitals
Here’s the table showing the cost knee replacement surgery in few of the hospitals in India:
|Hospital Name||Type of Hospital||Knee Replacement Cost|
|All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi||Government||Rs. 8,000|
|Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education & Research (PGIMER), Chandigarh||Government||Rs. 8,000 (Private)
Rs. 4,000 (General)
|King Edward Memorial Hospital, Mumbai||Government||Not available on their website|
|Tata Memorial Hospital, Mumbai||Government||Not available on their website|
|Christian Medical College and Hospital (CMC), Vellore||Government||Not available on their website|
|Shri Borivli Gujrati Seva Mandal, Mumbai (Borivli – West)||Charitable Trust||Rs. 1, 20,000|
|Apollo Hospitals||Private||Rs. 4, 718 (Patella Component, Material: Any)|
|Apollo Hospitals||Private||Rs. 18, 313 (Articulating surface component, Material: Any)|
|Apollo Hospitals||Private||Rs. 36, 025 (Tibial component, Material: Any)|
|Apollo Hospitals||Private||Rs. 72, 433 (Femoral Component, Material: Any)|
- While for few of the hospital the cost could not found out as they are not available on their website.
- But same shall be added whenever they are available. Also note that, there are many other variables involved in the surgery cost.
New Policy by Government of India – September 2019
In September 2019, Government of India slashed the prices of knee implants between 59% to 69% for the benefits of Indians suffering from arthritis. The revised prices came into effect the same day. This is the reason why patients will notice that even private hospitals have reduced the prices of knee replacement surgeries.
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This article has been written by Chandra Mehta.
Chandra is a seasoned banker with 35+ years of experience in banking and financial services industry. He’s a retired banker and has served as Chief Manager and Assistant Vice President in State Bank of India/or its subsidiaries. He has authored many articles on this site (allonmoney.com).