“You need to make sure, if you’re a younger person you’re getting the latest and greatest weight bearing surfaces” to ensure that your new joint will last a long time, Dr. Lundy says.

Because legal protections for patients vary widely from country to country, find out who bears the liability and responsibility for the experience in the event that something goes wrong.

After the Surgery
Expect to stay a while – usually about 10 days in the hospital, followed by two to three weeks at a hotel while you start on physical therapy.   

More resources:

Read the American Medical Association’s guidelines on medical tourism.

This statement on medical tourism from the American College of Surgeons raises more important points for patients to consider.