Medical science has graduated to a different level. Apart from the treatment, it provides us with a window of options for treatment.
So don't be surprised if the doctor asks how much you want to spend on a particular treatment and the expected results before a surgery, especially in cases of orthopaedic implants.
While affordability has been the USP of the government hospitals, this concept has now been taken up by private hospitals as well. Quite a few of them in Lucknow have started doing this to ensure that patients get the desired treatment at affordable costs.
"The idea is based upon the fact that patients have become demanding now and there are options too. So we tell them about various treatments available and expected results," said Dr Vineet Agrawal of Awadh Hospital.
The cost of orthopaedic implants depends on whether it is an imported one, which costs more, or the one made by Indian companies.
"Those who take the first option, can go for implants made from X3poly, Nex Gen, NRG, or High Flex which give greater degree of movement to joints," said Dr Vijay Kumar, another orthopaedic surgeon.
The new range of implants for the hip joint includes the ones with large head ceramic on ceramic, ceramic on poly and titanium cups. These are selected as per affordability and the age of the patients. Doctors believe that giving these details to the patients may take some time, but it increases a patient's faith in the doctor.
"Anyone who tells you all the facts is the right person and the same applies with doctors/surgeons," said Dr Vinod Jain, faculty with KGMU.
"In cases of knee replacement, the difference between using an imported and an Indian implant could be Rs. 1 lakh. Some patients may want while others may not want to spend that much extra. Patients can decide this only if we give them the options before the operation," said Agrawal.
Doctors, however, say patients should not choose the line of treatment merely on the basis of cost as some options might not be suitable — depending upon the nature of the case and the age of the patient.