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Hip Replacement Cost


How Much Does Hip Replacement Cost?

 
average costWith Insurance Coverage: copays, coinsurance and deductibleshigh costWithout Insurance: Average $32,299
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A total hip replacement -- replacement of an entire hip joint with artificial parts -- usually is performed on patients whose hip has been so damaged by arthritis or injury that there is severe pain that limits daily activity.

Typical costs:

  • For patients without health insurance, a total hip replacement usually will cost between $31,839 and $44,816, with an average cost of $39,299, according to Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina. However, some medical facilities offer uninsured discounts. At the Kapiolani Medical Center[1] in Aiea, Hawaii, where the full price is about $33,000, an uninsured patient would pay a discounted rate of $20,212 to $23,581.
  • Hip replacement surgery usually is covered by health insurance, according to DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc., a Johnson & Johnson company and major manufacturer of orthopaedic devices. And, according to Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas[2] , any necessary surgery, including hip replacement, would be covered, unless it is experimental or covered in a specific exclusion.
  • Patients with health insurance typically pay out-of-pocket expenses up to several thousand dollars, or their out-of-pocket maximum. For example, at Dartmought-Hitchcock Medical Center[3] , a Medicare patient could pay up to $3,957, including deductibles and coinsurance. And a patient with health insurance that has a typical 20 percent copay for surgeries and a $3,000 out-of-pocket maximum would pay the full $3,000 at DHMC.
Related articles: Knee Replacement, Hip Fracture, Hip Resurfacing

What should be included:
  • An orthopaedic surgeon will perform an initial evaluation, take a medical history and X-rays, possibly perform other tests such as an MRI to check bone and soft tissues, and discuss whether a hip replacement is right for the patient. If so, the doctor will provide a list of preparations for surgery, which might include blood tests and losing weight, if necessary.
  • After surgery, a several-day hospital stay usually is required.
  • The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons[4] offers an overview of hip replacement surgery.
Additional costs:
  • It is usually recommended to outfit the living quarters with items to ease recovery, such as shower or bath handrails, secure handrails on stairs, a reacher to assist in grabbing items and cushions that allow for sitting with knees lower than hips.
Shopping for hip replacement:
  • Look for a surgeon who is certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery[5] and who has plenty of experience performing hip replacements.
  • Hip replacement candidates include people with hip pain so severe it interferes with daily activities such as walking.
  • Possible serious hip replacement complications include joint infection, which happens in 2 percent of hip replacement surgeries. Complications that are even more rare include heart attack and stroke.
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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What People Are Paying - Recent Comments
Looking for an affordable way to get a hip replacement
Amount: $0.00
Posted by: AKNEEDHIP in Anchorage, AK.Posted: January 11th, 2014 07:01PM
Clinic or Doctor: Insurance Carrier: Federal BCBS
Type of Policy: Federal Employee Group
Dr's in Alaska aren't in network so coverage, even with this great plan is terrible and Dr's can charge whatever they want. I am looking for a state to go to where I can get good care and see an IN NETWORK BCBS Federal Provider.
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will need one now
Amount: $0.00
Posted by: zouzou in Los Angeles, CA.Posted: April 24th, 2013 10:04PM
Clinic or Doctor: cedars sinai hospital Los AngelesInsurance Carrier:
Type of Policy: PPO
I was told I should have a hip replacement asap. Been having some horrific pain in one leg and had done MRI's and what not. I am so scared that I will never walk again. My insurance will cover 100% do you recommend I do it or NOT!
in the meantime I am homebound so depressed, cannot walk and not sure what to do. can someone advise please?
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TOTAL HIP REPLACEMENT - NOVEMBER 13, 2012
Amount: $19,000.00
Posted by: ELAINE BEHLING in OSSINING, NY.Posted: January 11th, 2013 08:01AM
Clinic or Doctor: DOCTORInsurance Carrier: BLUE CROSS BLUE SHIELD
Type of Policy: MEDIBLUE FREEDOM PPO III
The Doctor's fee was $19,000 FOR TOTAL HIP REPLACEMENT OF MY LEFT HIP. THIS SURGERY WAS A RESULT OF A FALL.
MY BLUE CROSS BLUE SHIELD EMPIRE MEDIBLU FREEDOM III (PPO)INSURANCE ONLY PAID $1,616.00. I FEEL THIS AMOUNT IS WRONG.
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Price of hip replacement in France
Amount: $10,460.00
Posted by: Fabrice Gaudot in Paris, Other.Posted: December 12th, 2012 09:12AM
Clinic or Doctor: F. G. GaudotInsurance Carrier: non
Type of Policy: private
Hi, I am a French surgeon. Just for your information, on recommendation by some american patient, I am surprised by the cost of your surgeons. The total cost of a ceramic total hip arthroplasty by anterior approach in my specialized institution is 10460USD (8000euros), for french people with insurance, it costs between 0 and 1000euros. What do you think about that?
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hip repair
Amount: $750.00
Posted by: kittyhiggins in Marietta, GA.Posted: September 14th, 2012 10:09PM
Clinic or Doctor: O, SwayzeInsurance Carrier: Humana
Type of Policy: Medicare supliment
This Dr replaced my right knee which went very well but involved 3 week rehab, all was well untill I fell and broke left hip. Same Dr used Three screws to attach bone to hip ball. Little pain involved. Hospital stay one day. Great!
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Total Hip Replacement
Amount: $36,000.00
Posted by: Mikki Taylor in Atlanta, GA.Posted: May 31st, 2011 10:05PM
Clinic or Doctor: Dr. Hugh ThompsonInsurance Carrier:
Type of Policy: PPO
I had my very first hip replacement at the age of 25(1988). I am now 47 and facing a revision. It has lasted 23 yrs and never had a day of pain after the replacement until now. I can honestly say it was the best thing I could have done and never had an ounce of regret. Just found out the "cup" has come loose and went through my pelvic bone. Went to bed one night and woke up like this. Now I have been using crutches/wheelchair for a little over a month. Surgery planned for 2 weeks. This is a degenerative bone disease of some kind. We have been "studied" since the age of 2. Seems to affect the hips, knees and shoulders. Would love to hear from ANYONE who has anything like this.
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Partial Femoral Ostyotomy
Amount: $32,000.00
Posted by: Mathew Cox in Wichita, KS.Posted: August 9th, 2010 07:08PM
Clinic or Doctor: Dr. Charles PenceInsurance Carrier: Perffered Health Systems
Type of Policy: PPO
Due to my age (16 at the time) Doctors would not due a THR(Total Hip Replacement) So they prolonged the THR by alleviating the pain for the time being. This surgery was simple and the recovery was swift. We chose the ostyotomy because a Hip Fusion (just like a fused disk in your back, would consume too much bone. this has gotten me only 6 years as I am now looking at a THR at age 23. I have Pertis Disease. This is a degenerative bone disease in children.
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Defective Prosthethis
Amount: $22,000.00
Posted by: Tim D in Portland, OR.Posted: January 13th, 2010 11:01AM
Clinic or Doctor: Dr. Chris HikesInsurance Carrier: BCBS
Type of Policy: Group
My doctor had placed a Hylamer lining prosthethis in me in 1992. Hylamer was found to be highly defective (my doctor alone had 13 out 36 go bad within 3 years). The prosthethis completely destroyed my hip and I needed reconstructive surgery in 1996. Unfortunately, my dr. had sent the defective prosthethis to a pathologist and I was unable to file a suit against Dupont due to not having the prosthethis intact. It has been 14 years now since my last replacement and I find myself on the verge of having to have it done again, only this time I do not have insurance coverage. I am willing to withstand the pain, but I am concerned about structural damage and I just can't risk getting x-rays prior to getting insurance. It appears that I will not be able to qualify for indivdual comverage and I am overwhelmed by the fact that I just started a new job (2 weeks ago) and that the pain in my hip is escalating at a very rapid pace. Not sure how to tell my employer, as I am afraid that I will be let go. I really do not know what to do from here. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
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