Flying down thousands of miles to India to get my Hip Resurfacing surgery done by Dr. Kaushal Malhan at Wockhardt Hospitals, Mumbai has indubitably been one of the choicest decisions I have made in my life.
It all started about thirty years ago when I fell down while playing Basketball and over the years it just started to build up and all my joints started to pain and some reason my right hip got the worst
About 10 years ago the pain all of a sudden it just went up, and it was just horrendous, it was like 3 stake knives in my right hip at the same time and from then on it’s been 10yrs and it has never been the same. In the United States I was essentially offered three options – one was learn to live with it, two, have the standard hip surgery and be active afterwards and three take pain killers.
So, I did a lot of physical therapy and took a certain number of painkillers to sort of live with it. About seven years ago, I read about the Hip Resurfacing procedure, and I discovered it wasn’t available in the United States and was probably being done only in one hospital, but it was really very expensive and it wasn’t covered by the health insurance. About six months ago, I made up my mind to go overseas and have the surgery done, someone told me about a TV show he had seen called 60 minutes on Medical tourism and I started looking for it on the internet and decided that India was probably my best option because more of the Hip Resurfacing Surgeries were being done here than in any other country. So, I wrote to the company that produces BHR implants. They gave me names of about ten doctors in India who did BHR and Dr.Malhan was on top of the list and then I emailed Wockhardt Hospitals (www.wockhardthospitals.net) and within a couple of hours Mr.Thukral had e mailed me back and started the relationship and I decided within an hour after getting his e mail that this is the best hospital for me. He then helped me make all the arrangements with the travel, visa required to come to India , all details, answering all my questions promptly.
I arrived here a week ago and spent a day getting my pre operative investigations. Its been very nice, in fact it was like going to a hospital in Minneapolis or New York. The x-rays conveyed that my hip was qualified for the Resurfacing surgery, they did the measurements that were necessary to arrange the proper size device implant for me. I don’t remember much of the day of the surgery , I just slept through the day, but I do remember when I entered the surgery suite, … the place was so huge, with all modern facilities, so bright and amazing … I have never before seen in a surgery suite like that.
When I came out of the surgery I was immediately covered with a warm blanket and the painkillers were started and did not experience any pain. The IV was kept on for three days. Since then I have been back in my room. I have been doing physical therapy and Dr. Ritu has been very patient with me, though I have done my best to try her patience. She couldn’t have been better leading me to steady progress. She is extremely charming and has a good sense of humor.
The whole experience has been really good. I came here expecting the best and anything I found here has exceeded, and anything I anticipated has gone much better than I ever hoped it to go. It’s been a wonderful experience.
Seven months after returning home, I’m working full-time in a physically demanding job and my wife says she’s never seen me happier. I run three miles every morning and say a little prayer for you and Dr. Malhan and all of your wonderful staff while I run. Dr. Malhan has truly given me my life back.
The only problem I have is occasional pain in the other hip so I might need help again sometime in the next couple of years. Hip resurfacing is now available at a nearby hospital, but I’d prefer to have Dr. Malhan’s team do it – even though it means paying out of pocket.
Dr. Jim Allen