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Hospital Clinica Biblica

Dr. Victor Eduardo Alvarez Murillo



Dr. Ronald Alberto Salazar

Dr. Guillermo Cortes

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Dr. Alberto Jose Arguello Choiseul

Dr. Arnoldo Fournier

Dr. Oscar Oeding

Dr. Marios Saenz

Dr. Jacobo Zafrani

Dr. Roberto Velázquez

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Dra. Olga Montoya



Hospital Clinica Biblica is the most trusted name in medicine in Costa Rica and Central America for the last 85+ years. The Hospital started as a project of Latin America Missions and has filled the needs of the local Costa Ricans. Toward the later part of the twenty first century Hotel Clinica Biblica became know outside of Costa Rica as an excellent medical center where doctors came to practice with an ever growing international clientele of patients.

Costa Rica is unique in that not only does is host some of the most beautiful rain and cloud forests, active volcanos and outstanding beaches, but is home to excellent medicine at extremely affordable rates.

Hip replacement surgery, which many times is not covered by US Medical Insurance, is offered by Hospital Clinical Biblica in an extremely affordable package:

Call us for pricing information.

Included in the above Package are the following:

-Pre-operation ~ medical and surgical including all required tests,
-All normal hospital costs ~ including operating room, surgeons, anesthesiologist, 3 days hospitalization, supplies and medicines,
-Post-operation care ~ including 7 visits in the hospital with a physical therapist and all post-operative medicines,
-8 nights lodging in a specialized recovery villa including 3 meals per day,
-Transfers in/out from the airport to villa to airport,
-All transfers to/from the hospital daily as needed,
-3 tours - ½ Day San Jose City Tour, Café Britt Coffee Tour with lunch, ½ Day Aerial Tram Tour with lunch,
-All taxes as appropriate.
-Does NOT include roundtrip airfare from your hometown.

The Companion Package for the person traveling with you and staying in the same room with you is available for $895.00 including:

-12 nights lodging at the Villa including 3 meals per day. 8 nights sharing the room with the patient and 4 nights single occupancy,
-Transfer in/out from the airport to the villa to the airport,
-Transfers 1 per day to/from the hospital while you are in the hospital
-3 tours - ½ Day San Jose City Tour, Café Britt Coffee Tour with lunch, ½ Day Aerial Tram Tour with lunch,
-All taxes as appropriate.
Does NOT include roundtrip airfare from your hometown.

How do I get ready for hip replacement surgery?

After you arrive in Costa Rica and before surgery you'll meet with your orthopedic surgeon and his assistants for an examination. The surgeon team will discuss your medical history to be certain that your health is satisfactory to undergo surgery. They will also ask about any medications you're taking. They will physically examine your hip, paying attention to the range of motion in your joint and the strength of the muscles around your hip. Blood tests and X-rays will be taken. This pre-operative evaluation provides a good opportunity for you to ask any remaining questions and address any concerns you might have about your surgery.

How is hip replacement performed?

Hip replacement surgery involves replacing the head of the femoral bone - the "ball" of your thighbone - with a metal ball. The metal ball attaches to a metal post that fits into your thighbone. A plastic and metal socket is implanted into your pelvic bone to replace the damaged socket. The prosthetics, which look and act like the natural design of your hip, fit together and function like a normal hip joint. Artificial hip joints come in many designs. Generally, your surgeon decides which hip joint is the best for you. The different products used in making the prostheses include a combination of durable long wearing, wear-resistant plastic and metals, including stainless steel and titanium. Implants are biocompatible - meaning they're designed to be accepted by your body - and they're made to resist corrosion, degradation and wear.

Hip replacement surgery usually takes two to three hours, during which time you'll be under general anesthesia. During the operation, the surgeon separates your thighbone from the socket. Working between the large hip muscles, the surgeon removes the necessary bone and tissue, leaving healthy bone and tissue intact. The artificial socket is put in place. The top end of the thighbone is hollowed out to allow insertion of the metal stem with the attached ball. The ball and the socket join to form the new hip joint.

After surgery you will be in the recovery area for a few hours while your anesthesia wears off. Nurses or other aides watch your blood pressure, pulse, alertness, pain or comfort level and your need for additional medications.

What happens after hip replacement surgery?

You'll likely stay in the hospital for a few days while you recover. As early as the day after your surgery, you will be encouraged to sit up and even try walking with crutches or a walker. A physical therapist may help you with some exercises that you can do in the hospital and at recovery villa to speed recovery. Before you leave the hospital, you and your family members that are with you will get tips on caring for your new hip. Planning ahead can make it easier for you to recover at the recovery villa and at home. Activity and exercise must be a regular part of your day to regain the use of your joint and muscles. Your physical therapist will recommend strengthening and mobility exercises and will help you learn how to use a walking aid, such as a walker or crutches. As therapy progresses, you'll gradually increase the weight you put on your leg until you're able to walk without assistance.

Results of hip replacement surgery

The odds of a successful recovery are in your favor - hip replacement surgery is successful more than 95 percent of the time. You can expect to be pain-free for 10 to 15 years after surgery. Expect your new hip joint to reduce the pain you felt before your surgery and increase the range of motion in your joint. But don't expect to do anything you couldn't do before surgery. High-impact activities - such as running or playing basketball - may never get your doctor's approval. But in time, you should be able to swim, play golf, walk or ride a bike comfortably.

Risks of hip replacement surgery

Hip replacement surgery is generally safe but, as with any surgery, complications can occur. Although some complications are serious, most can be treated successfully. In rare circumstances, complications can include:
Blood clots - Clots in the leg veins can form as a result of decreased movement of your leg after surgery, as well as from injury to the veins during surgery. Your doctor usually gives you blood-thinning medications after your surgery to try to prevent clots from forming. Compression devices, such as elastic stockings, and exercise to increase blood flow through the veins in your legs also can reduce your risk.

Breakage of the prosthesis - Though very rare, your artificial hip can break several years after surgery. Another surgery would be required to replace the broken joint.

Change in leg length - Your surgeons takes great care to avoid the problem, but occasionally your new hip may make your leg longer or shorter than the other one. Sometimes this is caused by weakness in the muscles surrounding your hip. If this is the case, strengthening those muscles can resolve the issue.

Dislocation - Certain positions can cause the ball of your new joint to become dislodged. To avoid this, don't bend more than 90 degrees at the hip and don't let your leg cross the midline of your body. Surgery usually isn't necessary to relocate your hip joint.

Infection - Infections can occur at the site of your incision and in the deeper tissue near your new hip. Most infections are treated with antibiotics, but a major infection near your prosthesis may require surgery to remove and replace the prosthesis.

Joint stiffening - Sometimes the soft tissues around your joint harden, making it difficult to move your hip - a process called ossification. This usually isn't painful. If you're at risk of ossification, your doctor may recommend medications or radiation therapy to prevent it from happening.

Loosening. Over time your new joint may loosen, causing pain in your hip. Surgery might be needed to fix the problem.

Talk with your surgeons about any concerns you might have before surgery. They can help you understand your risk of complications.

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