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Courtesy of Seaside Surgery Center

Southwest Florida Welcomes Medical Tourism

Biloine W. Young • Tue, January 16th, 2018

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Want a new hip and a vacation at the same time? Consider Southwest Florida where medical tourism is about to take off.

As SHR Orthopedics explains it, “It’s now possible for you to have a same-day knee replacement, hip replacement or other total joint replacement on an outpatient basis, if your overall health is good and your insurance plan allows it.”

The Seaside Surgery Center, located in Naples, Florida, was the first in the region to do same-day outpatient joint replacement. The firm’s founder, Robert Zehr, M.D. performed the initial same-day surgery. The surgery center is also the first in the region to have and make use of the Mako Robotic-Arm Assisted Surgery technology for partial knee replacements.

Seaside has posted its all-inclusive bundled orthopedic surgery package prices for four popular procedures: knee arthroscopy, partial knee replacement, total knee replacement and total hip replacement.

Seaside Surgery All-Inclusive Surgery Prices
Knee arthroscopy $4,000
Partial knee replacement $22,500
Total knee replacement $23,700
Total hip replacement $24,900

Company officials believe these packages will be especially appealing to international patients who do not want to wait for their surgeries and may already be familiar with South Florida.

Proponents note that the level topography of Southwest Florida is perfect for walking, with myriad trails winding through mangroves or pinewood flats.

Many patients, according to proponents, say they are back on the tennis courts or golf course just a few weeks after surgery. The staff at Seaside assures potential patients that Southwest Florida has a vibrant hospitality infrastructure with world-class resorts and restaurants readily available for medical tourism patients.

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