Direct Anterior Approach for Total Hip Replacement

Patient Stories

  • David from Dublin

    David from Dublin

    • Lumbar decompression surgery
    • 11/06/2024

    “I am so grateful to Healthcare Abroad for helping me get my life back. We have two other kids and a baby on the way, and this summer, I should be back to enjoying life with my family.”

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  • Lynda Squires

    Lynda Squires

    • Hip Replacement
    • 10/06/2024

    "After being on a waiting list for over a year in Ireland with no hope of timely treatment, Lynda's friend recommended Healthcare Abroad after they heard about it on a podcast."

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  • Willie Redmond

    Willie Redmond

    • Knee Replacement
    • 07/06/2024

    “My surgeon Dr. Henkel was great. The nurses are very caring, and with the post-op physio I feel like my knee will be good as new soon. "

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  • Andrew Curtin

    Andrew Curtin

    • Hip Replacement
    • 06/06/2024

    "I went out on my own to Spain and I was cared for by everyone and met some other amazing Irish people. It's like an extended family and you're well looked after."

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  • Patrick Finnerty

    Patrick Finnerty

    • 27/05/2024

    "The treatment I received was the solution I needed to get on with the rest of my life without crippling back pain. I have three to four months of rehabilitation and after that, I am looking foward to getting back to normal life, jumping in my campervan and taking long strolls on the beaches that I love. Couldn't be happier!”

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  • Concepta Corrigan

    Concepta Corrigan

    • Hip Replacement
    • 24/05/2024

    "If this all sounds too goo to be true, I want to tell you it is all true! I am living proof! I am now looking forward to returning to work and doing everyday things pain-free."

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  • Bernadette

    Bernadette

    • Knee Replacement
    • 16/05/2024

    "Nobody wants an operation, but this is the way to go if you need one. The care has been brilliant, and the physiotherapy is very advanced. All along, the focus has been on a pain-free treatment, and I know that soon, I will be able to get back to doing lots of walking once again and travelling with my husband."

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  • Martin Morgan

    Martin Morgan

    • Shoulder Procedures
    • 08/05/2024

    “I am so happy to be back getting the treatment I need – there is no better health insurance being offered out there, and we are adamant to get the word out,”

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  • Gerry Coen

    Gerry Coen

    • Knee Replacement
    • 06/05/2024

    "I will be telling everyone I meet in Galway where they need to go to get fixed and who to call."

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  • John Burke

    John Burke

    • Shoulder Procedures
    • 03/05/2024

    "Things went so well. I'll be back for an operation on my hip as soon as I can. It just doesn't make sense to wait in pain at home when this brilliant opportunity for treatment exists."

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  • Vincent Gallacher

    Vincent Gallacher

    • Hip Replacement
    • 01/05/2024

    "The whole system is well-run. I know how good it is because I was lucky enough to use the service twice. It's excellent!"

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  • Terry Finnie

    Terry Finnie

    • Hip Replacement
    • 26/04/2024

    Terry Finnie from Ringsend in Dublin is a dedicated elevator engineer whose lifelong career took an unexpected turn after a workplace accident over 25 years ago left him needing a hip replacement.

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  • Adam Bailey

    Adam Bailey

    • Knee Replacement
    • 24/04/2024

    “I was in so much pain I couldn’t sleep or bend my knee and being self-employed, I needed to get fixed. A visit to A&E didn’t work out so I googled knee replacement and Healthcare Abroad came up. I rang Chris on a Sunday night in extreme pain and was so relieved when he picked up.”

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  • Veronica Forde

    Veronica Forde

    • Hip Replacement
    • 23/04/2024

    “From the beginning, everything has been absolutely amazing and as we say, exactly what it said on the tin!”

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  • Suzanne Walker

    Suzanne Walker

    • Hip Replacement
    • 22/04/2024

    “I work in retail and two years ago I started to experience pain in my hip that progressively got worse to the point that I couldn’t walk anymore."

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  • Patricia Kelly

    Patricia Kelly

    • Hip Replacement
    • 21/04/2024

    "It is a 'what if' , but I wonder now if I hadn't sent that 5.30 am message to Healthcare Abroad, what could have happened. Going to Spain for my hip has literally saved my life. I could have been out on a dancefloor with my blocked arteries, and God knows what might have happened."

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  • Jan Krijnen

    Jan Krijnen

    • Hip Replacement
    • 19/04/2024

    Jan from Dublin after his hip replacement said, “Everything has been a very positive experience, and I am so looking forward to getting back in the saddle as they say!”

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  • John Collins

    John Collins

    • Hip Replacement
    • 17/04/2024

    “It was life-changing! I cried happy tears during post-surgery physiotherapy when I finally could move without pain,”

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  • Christine Sinclair

    Christine Sinclair

    “Her pain was unbearable, and after waiting almost nine years to see a specialist and then being told it might be another four years before she could get an operation, we knew we had to take action and found out about Healthcare Abroad.”

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  • John Joe Fitzpatrick

    John Joe Fitzpatrick

    • Hip Replacement
    • 11/04/2024

    "The level of service was outstanding from start to finish. I am so glad I made the call to Healthcare Abroad. I'd recommend that anyone do the same. Don't wait."

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  • Thomas Keegan

    Thomas Keegan

    • Knee Replacement
    • 10/04/2024

    “It is unbelievable, everything from the planning to post-operation has been faultless and I am virtually pain-free for the first time in years,” said Thomas Keegan

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  • Derek Byrne

    Derek Byrne

    • Knee Replacement
    • 02/04/2024

    "My brother has been on a holiday to Spain and met someone who had been with Healthcare Abroad for surgery, and they were raving about how good the service was."

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  • Concepta Corrigan

    Concepta Corrigan

    • Hip Replacement
    • 22/03/2024

    “Everything was taken care of within five weeks, and I will for sure come back for any other treatment I may need. All the staff have made everything stress-free."

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  • Derek Clarke

    Derek Clarke

    • Knee Replacement
    • 19/03/2024

    “Even though it sounded too good to be true, I decided to give it a go as I was not getting anywhere with treatment at home. I discussed everything with Paul and only four weeks ago finally decided to go ahead. Everything was booked within minutes"

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  • Sorcha Baliczki

    Sorcha Baliczki

    • Endometriosis and Adenomyosis
    • 14/03/2024

    "Everything was amazing and from the minute I woke up I knew the pain was gone,” said Sorcha Baliczki from Bettystown, Co. Meath. “Everything was brilliant right through to my recovery. The hotel and Healthcare Abroad staff made it seem more like a holiday than surgery recovery".

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  • Linda O'Shea

    Linda O'Shea

    • Knee Replacement
    • 28/03/2024

    “I went online and read the patient stories and thought, that is me, and I need to go ahead and get help. Paul in the Dublin office helped get everything sorted with our credit union and travel arrangements.

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  • Alan Fleming

    Alan Fleming

    • Knee Replacement
    • 27/03/2024

    Meet Alan Fleming from Dublin, a retired Irish Defense Forces service member. Alan faced debilitating knee pain after years of wear and tear from his active lifestyle, including football, ice hockey and over 33 years in military service.

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  • Aidan Draper

    Aidan Draper

    • Hip Replacement
    • 25/03/2024

    “Everything has been 10 out of 10! Not only was I released from the hospital, but I was also released from my pain,” said Aidan Draper, a retiree from Cork shortly after his hip operation at HCB Denia.

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  • Jennifer Pierce

    Jennifer Pierce

    • Bariatric Surgeries
    • 23/03/2024

    Jennifer Pierce, from Cork, underwent knee replacement surgery in Denia, Spain, with Healthcare Abroad last April. Delighted with her experience, she returned the following month for weight loss surgery, opting for a gastric bypass.

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  • Aileen Whyte

    Aileen Whyte

    • Bunion Surgery
    • 17/03/2024

    The other patients who were in Denia all supported each other and the craic there at meal times and by the pool helped keep the spirits up. I definitely have made some great friends on this trip.

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  • Richard

    Richard

    • Hip Replacement
    • 13/03/2024

    "I first contacted Healthcare Abroad on February 2nd this year. Within a few days, everything was arranged,

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  • Patrick Kinsella

    Patrick Kinsella

    • Hip Replacement
    • 12/03/2024

    “This is a lifeline for me and has renewed my enthusiasm for living!” Patrick Kinsella said a few days after having his hip operation through Healthcare Abroad. Patrick, an inner-city soccer coach from Dublin, had been suffering from hip pain for a few years that two years ago got worse. “I have been involved in athletics since I was nine years old.

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  • Bernadette O’Riordan

    Bernadette O’Riordan

    • Knee Replacement
    • 05/03/2024

    Bernadette O’Riordan, from Cork said “everything was absolutely amazing! From the communication with Chris, the drivers, to Dr Henkel promising pain-free treatment, it has been fabulous.” Bernadette had been constantly seeing her GP for rheumatoid arthritis for over 20 years,

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  • Christine Conlon

    Christine Conlon

    • Meniscus Repair Surgery
    • 02/03/2024

    Christine Conlon from Mullagh had a wonderful experience with Healthcare Abroad and HCB Denia hospital when she had surgery to repair a torn meniscus in May 2023 and reached out again to us in November for help. “I had been dealing with back pain for most of my adult life.

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  • Michael Robinson

    Michael Robinson

    • Hip Replacement
    • 01/03/2024

    “Everything is perfect! It is fabulous!” said Michael Robinson from Dublin shortly after his hip replacement surgery at HCB Denia. Michael, a single father of three boys, had horrible pain in his hip that was limiting his ability to look after his young son and run his family-owned window business. He reached out to Healthcare Abroad after treatment to try to save his hip at a costly private clinic back home was unsuccessful. “It actually made it worse and I was not reimbursed for any of it.”

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  • Alex Sardi

    Alex Sardi

    • Gastric Bypass
    • 08/02/2024

    “I was feeling very frustrated from years of not having enough energy for my young family and a demanding career and facing a possible future of diabetes and heart issues.” A chance encounter with a friend of a friend, who came to her house with her children for Halloween treats “changed her life”.

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  • John Bennett

    John Bennett

    • Gall Bladder Removal Surgery
    • 23/02/2024

    John found out he needed to have his gall bladder removed in January and was facing at least a one-year wait in Ireland. Not wanting to wait, he researched his options and found Healthcare Abroad.

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  • Patricia Kirwan

    Patricia Kirwan

    • Hip Replacement
    • 17/01/2024

    The outcome has been nothing short of astonishing. Patricia's recovery has been remarkable, as she now manages with minimal pain medication and has regained her optimism. Expressing her gratitude, she praised the Healthcare Abroad team, the medical staff, and the attentive hotel personnel at the Daniya Denia Spa Hotel.

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  • Tommy Roche

    Tommy Roche

    • Knee Replacement
    • 27/07/2023

    I called Chris at Healthcare Abroad and every single thing he told me on the call was 100 per cent and more. The service is exceptional. “All the drivers and carers and all the hospital staff were superb. The physio and aftercare was out of this world and I am hoping now to return to refereeing in the New Year. I’ll start with short-sided games and maybe progress to 11-a-side matches again. “I want to thank everyone at Healthcare Abroad.

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  • Dinah Nolan

    Dinah Nolan

    • Hip Replacement
    • 10/11/2022

    They provided a 5-star service all the way. They did everything. The hospital was amazing. My God, they know how to look after you. "Without these earth angels I would not be where I am today. I am living my life again. I've been on four foreign holidays since, the most recent last month to celebrate my pain-free 60th birthday.

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  • Mark McKenna

    Mark McKenna

    • Hip Replacement
    • 22/10/2023

    “The x-ray was done about 18 months ago. Six weeks after that I was told I had corrosion in my knee and a consultant would be in touch. I still haven’t heard anything more than a year later. “A friend of my mum’s had been to Spain with Healthcare Abroad and I began looking into it and sent an email. I got a call back and an apology as it took 2 weeks to get a response and I just laughed because

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  • Tony Hickey

    Tony Hickey

    • Bariatric Surgeries
    • 22/01/2023

    Tony says he find it even more frustrating that some people think it’s cheaper to go to Turkey. “It’s a false economy,” said Tony. “The headline price might look cheaper but the HSE doesn’t approve surgery in Turkey as it’s outside the EU and therefore you can’t get any money back from the HSE at all under the cross-border scheme.

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  • Rory O'Sullivan

    Rory O'Sullivan

    • 18/01/2023

    “The insurance I had only covered less than half of any surgery costs, so I began to look into it further and realised that the full cost of the operation I badly needed could be covered under the EU Cross Border scheme,” said Rory who works as a data analyst.

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  • Ken O'Grady

    Ken O'Grady

    • Knee Replacement
    • 25/01/2023

    “I had the consultation the next day and a day later I was in surgery and had my knee replaced. What was really good about the experience was the rehab which followed, which is always nicer to do when the weather is so good. “Two weeks later I was able to walk in without crutches to see a physio back home in Clare for a check-up and she was amazed. I was able to walk unaided, and just as importantly the excruciating pain had gone.”

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  • Neil Myers

    Neil Myers

    • 21/08/2023

    I knew someone who had been with Healthcare Abroad for surgery and he said the service was 5-star. So I rang on June 6 this year, and a few weeks later I was in HCB Hospital Benidorm for a microdiscectomy surgery which took place on July 12 last, following a consultation two days before that.

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  • Robert Delaney

    Robert Delaney

    • Knee Replacement
    • 01/02/2023

    “It was the best decision I ever made,” said Robert. “I would say to anyone in my own parish or own county if they are in the same position ‘Don’t even think about it, just get on a plane to Alicante’

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  • Gary Fortune

    Gary Fortune

    • Hip Replacement
    • 11/08/2023

    By the Friday I was down to using one crutch and it felt brilliant,” he recalls. “Eleven days after the operation I didn't need my crutch for short distance walking and only required one crutch for long distance walking. Most importantly, I felt no pain for the first time in six years.

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  • William Coakley

    William Coakley

    • Cataracts
    • 17/03/2023

    William said the whole experience cost him around €4,500 but he can reclaim it on his insurance. Had he opted to go private in Ireland, it would have cost him at least €6,000.

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  • Catherine Maher

    Catherine Maher

    • Hernia Treatment
    • 03/09/2023

    “In Spain they still have that ethos of looking after people with doctors speaking with you on your level and with empathy. In Ireland it’s all about the money.

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  • Anita Kucan

    Anita Kucan

    • Bunion Surgery
    • 03/09/2023

    “I thought it was too good to be true but I checked all the testimonials and just went with it.” Anita says the hospital, the Healthcare Abroad carer-drivers, surgeon Dr van Rijn and the hotel staff were all phenomenal. “I will be back with Healthcare Abroad again to have my other foot fixed,” says Anita.

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  • Joan Mullen

    Joan Mullen

    • Knee Replacement
    • 10/09/2023

    “We were out in Spain within weeks and it has just been the best decision ever." Joan flew to Alicante and was provided with a private transfer to her hotel in Denia. “The drivers aren’t just drivers. They are carers as well. They really look after you,” says Joan.

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  • Ciara Anne Shanahan

    Ciara Anne Shanahan

    • Knee Replacement
    • 12/03/2023

    I'm back working in my job educating children. I am also travelling again, cycling, swimming and doing the things that I love. “None of this would have been possible without Healthcare Abroad. If I hadn't made this decision I would still be on an endless waiting list with no pain relief.

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  • Marek Kaminski

    Marek Kaminski

    • Hip Replacement
    • 10/09/2023

    “I had been in pain for 10 years and now it’s gone,” says Marek, after his surgery. “I cannot thank Healthcare Abroad enough. They are amazing people. They looked after everything for me.

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  • Olive Begg

    Olive Begg

    • Knee Replacement
    • 05/09/2023

    I am so glad I called Healthcare Abroad. It was the best call to make. The level of service from start to finish was absolutely outstanding.

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  • Lorraine Doyle

    Lorraine Doyle

    • Arthroscopy
    • 17/09/2023

    “The service in Spain is first class. I couldn’t recommend it highly enough. I’d say to anyone in pain to call the Healthcare Abroad people and get yourself sorted.”

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  • Bernadette Conway

    Bernadette Conway

    • Knee Replacement
    • 18/09/2023

    "The Healthcare Abroad team has been absolutely outstanding from start to finish," said Bernadette. "I cannot thank you all enough."

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  • Jeanne Jackson

    Jeanne Jackson

    • Knee Replacement
    • 10/09/2023

    “I looked at all the testimonials on Facebook and I’ll be telling everyone I meet who needs help to call Healthcare Abroad. And if anyone wants to contact me for more information, I would be happy to talk to them, to tell them that it’s all true - that it’s amazing.”

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  • Nichola Kitteringham

    Nichola Kitteringham

    • 05/09/2023

    The pain has gone. I can walk again. I’m in really super form and looking forward to living properly again. “I highly recommend Healthcare Abroad. Chris and his team are fantastic, helpful, caring and so friendly. I will never again sit on a waiting list when I know now all I have to do is lift the phone and have the surgery within weeks in Spain.

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  • Billy Henshaw

    Billy Henshaw

    • Bunion Surgery
    • 21/09/2023

    The whole service, the drivers were incredible. Even in the evenings Scott was always around to take patients or relatives to the hospital and back or into the town for a meal.

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  • Aidan Goodfellow

    Aidan Goodfellow

    • 12/09/2023

    “I was told I would have to wait THREE years in Ireland to see a consultant and I might have to wait another FIVE years. That would have been a wait of 8 years – I called Healthcare Abroad and was sorted in just 8 weeks.

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  • Ross McCarthy

    Ross McCarthy

    • Knee Replacement
    • 03/09/2023

    I couldn’t believe how straight forward it was to go to Spain with Healthcare Abroad. Everything was made easy for me. Dr Jordy van Rijn could have sent me home again if he wanted to, rather than deal with the fact I had MRSA in the past. He didn’t. He did everything to ensure that there was no reoccurrence.

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  • Bernadette Carroll

    Bernadette Carroll

    • 24/09/2023

    I was pain-free from the moment I had the operation. Even when the medication wore off, I’ve had no pain. Dr Morales is a miracle man. I can’t thank him and the Homecare Abroad Hospital team enough, including Dr van Rijn and Dr Henkel.

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  • Angela Carley

    Angela Carley

    • 02/10/2023

    “My advice to anyone who has had an operation cancelled is to call Healthcare Abroad. They are the best. I actually got a call from a Dublin hospital while I was in Spain asking me if I wanted to stay on the waiting list. Thankfully I don’t.”

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  • Rebecca Gray

    Rebecca Gray

    • 27/09/2023

    I’ve had my back surgery. The pain which was killing me has gone. The feeling I had lost in my legs has returned and I am looking forward again. I’ve gotten my life back again.

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  • Fergal McDonagh

    Fergal McDonagh

    • 27/09/2023

    “I want to thank everyone for all their help. It is a pretty amazing service with Healthcare Abroad and I’d say to anyone in a similar position to get on that plane to Spain. You won’t regret it.”

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  • Maureen Murphy

    Maureen Murphy

    • Knee Replacement
    • 18/01/2024

    My GP was delighted with my surgery and blown away by my recovery. I was back doing activities fairly quickly after getting home. My physio was very impressed - getting so many physio sessions in Denia straight after surgery made the difference.

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  • Seamus Kearney

    Seamus Kearney

    • 17/09/2023

    The level of service from Healthcare Abroad is incredible. The surgeons they have access to are world class. And I got to see a world class surgeon. “I am now looking forward to being back on my feet again and being able just to get about again and going for a walk without being in pain. It is going to make such a difference to my life.”

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  • Carraig Roberts

    Carraig Roberts

    • Shoulder Procedures
    • 01/10/2023

    Healthcare Abroad had linked me with an amazing shoulder specialist Dr Alfredo Sánchez Martin and he explained everything to me. It will take a few months to get over the surgery and back to my work as a barber; and hopefully I can get back to sport in around 10 months’ time.

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  • Thomas McGuirk

    Thomas McGuirk

    • Hip Replacement
    • 08/10/2023

    “I want to thank everyone at Healthcare Abroad for absolutely everything. The service provided is second to none. The carers and drivers, the entire team in Denia is superb. The hospital was fantastic too; and the physio team was outstanding.

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  • Elaine Bermingham

    Elaine Bermingham

    • Hip Replacement
    • 06/10/2023

    “This is my second time in Spain. Dr Lopez did my first hip replacement in March; this time Dr Jordy carried out the operation. “The level of service provided by Healthcare Abroad is absolutely exceptional; from the first call way back in February right through until now – a second hip replaced and 10 more amazing physio sessions later.

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  • Áine Ní Dhomhnaill

    Áine Ní Dhomhnaill

    • Knee Replacement
    • 21/10/2023

    In Spain the aftercare programme is what I wanted and I have to say it was second to none. “The team in the Healthcare Abroad Hospital is fantastic. I had 2 physio sessions every day in the week after surgery. The following week I did 2 more sessions per day. “I can’t find the words to describe how amazing the physiotherapists are.

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  • Terry Finnie

    Terry Finnie

    • Hip Replacement
    • 27/09/2023

    My wife is a great judge – and she was certainly right about going to Spain with Healthcare Abroad.“The service was phenomenal throughout. You are looked after all the way. You can’t beat it.”

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  • Briain Walsh

    Briain Walsh

    • Hernia Treatment
    • 17/05/2023

    “My experience has been outstanding. The hotel was lovely. The weather was superb. It’s really hard to believe – but it’s all real, and all brilliant.”

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