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Ankle Replacement Cost

How Much Does Ankle Replacement Cost?

average costWith Insurance: Copays, Coinsurance up to Out of Pocket Maximumhigh costWithout Insurance: Averages $43,000
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Ankle replacement is used to treat severe pain caused by rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis or injury-induced arthritis.

Typical costs:

  • Without health insurance, an ankle replacement typically would cost $40,000 or more. For example, a major joint replacement for a lower extremity would cost about $29,643 not including the surgeon fee, according to Baptist Memorial Health Care in Memphis, Tennessee. A U.S. Department of Health & Human Services[1] transparency initiative shows that surgeon fees for joint replacements can reach $5,000 or more. And the medical information company Pearl Diver estimates the average total cost at about $43,000.
  • Ankle replacement typically is covered by insurance, according to podiatric surgeon Dr. Leonard R. Janis. However, some companies don't cover it. For example, CIGNA[2] considers it an experimental procedure, and Premera BlueCross considers it medically necessary only for patients who fit specific criteria.
  • With insurance, ankle replacement costs could consist of doctor visit copays and surgery coinsurance of 30 percent or more for a total of thousands of dollars or the yearly out-of-pocket maximum.
Related articles: Sprained or Broken Ankle, Broken Leg, ACL Reconstruction

What should be included:
Additional costs:
  • Crutches, which are needed for the first few months, cost about $15 to $40 for a basic pair or up to $100 or more for deluxe forearm crutches.
  • The doctor probably will either recommend exercises to do at home or suggest physically therapy, which costs about $50 to $75 per session for a total of up to $1,000 or more.
  • An artificial ankle joint has a lifespan of 10 to 15 years, so it might need to be replaced in the future.
  • Some orthopedic specialists offer discounts for uninsured/cash paying patients. For example, Southern California Orthopedic Institute offers discounted services for cash-paying patients, and Northwest Community Hospital Orthopedic Services Center[3] , in Chicago, offers discounts for prompt payment.
Shopping for ankle replacement:
  • Look for a board-certified orthopedic surgeon who has chosen to further specialize in foot and ankle surgery, and who has extensive experience performing total ankle replacements. The American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery[4] offers an orthopedic surgeon finder by city, state or zip code. Or, seek out a board-certified podiatric surgeon -- a podiatrist who specializes in surgery on the foot and ankle. The American Board of Podiatric Surgery[5] provides a doctor locator by city or zip code.
  • Ask about any financial connections the doctor might have to the manufacturer of hardware that the doctor uses.
  • Risks of ankle replacement include reaction to anesthesia, blood clots, amputation and, in rare cases, death. Over time, there also is the possibility of developing sensitivity to the metal or having the implant loosen or fail. Rarely, complications could lead to amputation.
Material on this page is for informational purposes only and should not be construed as medical advice. Always consult your physician or pharmacist regarding medications or medical procedures.
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Complete left ankle replacement
Amount: $250.00
Posted by: Maureen in Lakewood, NJ.Posted: January 30th, 2011 12:01PM
Medical Center: Kimball Medical CenterInsurance Carrier: BCBS of NJ
Very happy I had the surgery. I was to the point of being too disabled to work and was at my wits' end. Finally Googled ankle replacement surgery and was surprised to find a specialist in this surgery in the next town over. This was in July 2008 and had the surgery in October 2008. The only out of pocket expenses for me were the RX copays as well as the doctor's office visit copays. (surgery, one night in the hospital, ambulance transport to a rehab in Toms River, 7 days in the rehab, wheelchair rental, walker...all 100% covered by insurance)
Was out of work for 3 months and plan on having the other one done as soon as I can save enough sick time. Used more than I had planned for the first surgery. The recovery was a bit more than I expected. But now I know what to expect the next time.
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