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Offline ELBOW2HEAD

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Athroscope abroad?
« on: February 02, 2008, 02:26:31 PM »
Having had an ACLR and a failed meniscus repair which led to having 50% meniscus removed i have really tried to look into to having a athroscope done abroad. I don't want to wait months and months for a scope on the NHS especially as while waiting for the operation it gets worse.

Any advice on how to go about it and have any of you good people had such operations abroad?

Many thanks for your comments in advance.
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Re: Athroscope abroad?
« Reply #1 on: February 02, 2008, 02:38:14 PM »
Can't you do that private in UK ? Would be cheaper then going abroad.
I live in Sweden and we have about the same healthcare as you have..difference is though that if we have more then 90 days wait for treatment we can go private and healthcare pays for that.
Foe me surgery here though in Sweden private is cheaper then going abroad.
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Re: Athroscope abroad?
« Reply #2 on: February 02, 2008, 02:40:31 PM »
Hi Elbowhead

check with your GP or hospital but I think you can opt for treatment in the EU but what about do you do about follow up?

If you have private insurance (BUPA for example) I think it is easier. Take a look at the Alpha Clinic website - they are in Munich and do treat patients from the UK. Dr Tofts the head of the Knee Dept. is well respected and is according to his reputation, reluctant to operate more than absolutely necessary.

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Re: Athroscope abroad?
« Reply #3 on: February 02, 2008, 02:49:40 PM »
I don't have Bupa insurance at all, something which i was gonna get when i was younger but didn't in the end. I wish i did.

As for doing it private in the UK, having looked on the internet it is roughly 1,500 - 2,850 and i simply don't have that cash at all. I was hoping that i could do a monthly pay scheme if it was possible to do.

Also,is it just a stand alone scope or will they for example trim the meniscus or do other minor problems inside the knee for the same price?

I've looked on this site for prices which looks interesting

http://www.treatmentabroad.net/cost/surgery-abroad-cost/arthroscopy
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Re: Athroscope abroad?
« Reply #4 on: February 02, 2008, 03:00:02 PM »
You need to contact your local Health Authority for clearer guidelines.

That is a ball park figure for the operation shown there. What about hospital care pre and post op - they would not like you to just walk in and walk out as in out patient treatment. The costs can vary quite considerably here in Germany and you want to have a knee specialist operate not just a general surgeon. Looking at those prices I would say you are just as well off going to your local BUPA or whatever hospital and paying for treatment nearer to home. then if there are any complications it is easier to get follow up treatment.

Sue
1989 big trauma R. knee - sorted
1990-2004 3ACL recons and 20+ arthroscopies -RK
3/06 LK ACL torn!
4/06 ACL recon, kneecap broken
09 &10/06- 2x meniscus trims
3/07 - Notch Plastic & Lateral Release
14/8/08 complete revision ACL plus LCL/PLC recon
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