Much to my surprise in my mid 40's it seems I need a hip replacement. I can't lift my leg, it hurts etc
I have full private health insurance (Medis) and have used CUF, saw a specialist, x-ray and MRI scans and told either:
1. quick operation, walking within a week to have a look, trim back a 'calcified spur' and see if that fixes the problem for a while.
2. However the ball joint 'lubrication' for want of a better word is(/has) disintegrating and option 1 seems a false choice as the whole thing is worn out.
So a bit horrifying, I hate medical stuff and a major operation with 2 months of recovery seems awful.
What seems equally awful is doing it in Portugal because frankly I have no faith in anything here working to a basic/decent level and I'm worried that the doctors are motivated by their gains and my insurances ability to pay out. At CUF they seem to always go for the most 'expensively conservative' approach (is there anything that doesn't require a MRI scan, as I've had 5 in 2 years on different things at €480 each (€70 I pay)).
So time for a second and third opinion.
1. Can anybody recommend hip specialists in Portugal from first hand knowledge please?
2. I could do this in my native NZ on the NHS equivalent but its a major pain to travel and organise back etc
How does private health rate in world terms in Portugal? (UK is another possibility).
3. I'm alone so will need major help for the months afterwards whilst I can't walk, any advice on approaches to this. Guessing I'll have to hire somebody or go to a nursing home of some kind for some weeks afterwards etc?