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How Much Does a Broken Leg Cost?

low costWith Insurance: Copays & Coinsurance up to Out of Pocket Maximumaverage costNon-surgical Treatment: $2,000+high costSurgical Treatment: $17,000-$35,000+
Typical costs:
  • Without health insurance, non-surgical treatment for a broken leg typically costs up to $2,500 or more for a fracture that requires a cast. A leg X-ray costs an average of $210, according to[1] , but can cost as much as $1,000 or more at some radiology centers. And application of a short or long leg cast costs about $221 to $238, not including the doctor fee, according to Saint Elizabeth Regional Medical Center[2] in Lincoln, Nebraska. A typical doctor fee for non-surgical treatment of a fracture would include $90 to $200 for the office visit and from $250 to $950 for treatment, according to Carolina Orthopaedic Surgery Associates[3] .
  • Without health insurance, surgical treatment of a broken leg typically costs $17,000 to $35,000 or more. For example, at the Kapiolani Medical Center in Hawaii, repair of an uncomplicated leg fracture[4] costs about $16,082, while repair of a complicated leg fracture[5] costs about $33,565, not including the surgeon's fee. A typical surgeon's fee could reach $2,000 or more, according to Carolina Orthopaedic Surgery Associates[6] .
  • A broken leg generally would be covered by health insurance. With health insurance, typical expenses for treatment for a broken leg could include doctor visit copays and treatment coinsurance that could reach thousands of dollars or the yearly out-of-pocket maximum.
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What should be included:
  • For a hairline fracture or less complicated fracture, the doctor would realign the bones (called a "reduction") if necessary, then place a plaster cast on the leg; depending on the location of the break, this could be a short leg cast or a full leg cast.
  • For surgical treatment, the patient typically would be placed under general anesthesia; then, the surgeon would make an incision and place screws and/or other hardware to hold the bones in place during healing.
  • The Mayo Clinic[7] has an overview of treatments typically used for a broken leg. Recovery typically takes at least six to eight weeks, according to WebMD[8] .
Additional costs:
  • Going to an emergency room for treatment initially could add $1,000 to $2,000 or more to the final bill; costs would include an emergency room visit fee, an emergency room doctor fee and the cost of a temporary cast such as an air cast; the patient would then need to seek treatment from a specialist.
  • Crutches cost about $15 to $40 for a basic pair or up to $100 or more for deluxe forearm crutches.
  • Physical therapy might be necessary to help regain strength and balance. Several sessions per week at $50 to $75 per hour for six to eight weeks could cost $1,000 or more.
  • For patients who have a broken bone treated surgically, metal hardware usually can be left in, unless it causes irritation; if removal is required, it can cost between $2,533 and $11,710 or more, according to Saint Elizabeth Regional Medical Center[9] in Lincoln, Nebraska.
  • 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[10] , in Chicago, offers discounts for prompt payment.
  • Some free clinics, such as Community Health Free Clinic[11] in Chicago, offer orthopedic specialty care. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services[12] offers a directory of federally funded health centers; if the nearest clinic doesn't offer orthopedic care, ask for a referral.
Shopping for a broken leg:
  • The general practitioner can refer the patient to a specialist. Or, the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery[13] offers an orthopedic surgeon finder by city, state or zip code. If the break resulted from a sports injury, the patient could seek treatment from a sports medicine specialist, which could be either a family physician or an orthopedic surgeon; the American Osteopathic Academy of Sports Medicine[14] has a doctor finder.
  • If surgery is required, risks include: reaction to anesthesia, infection, blood clots, reaction to hardware and even death.
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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Posted by: Xoxo in Los Angeles, CA.Posted: July 5th, 2017 01:07AM
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i did all this on the 4th of july and i am still using crutches now and will have to use them for the rest of my life
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Amount: $0.00
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Amount: $18,000.00
Posted by: Jsmooth in Greensboro, NC.Posted: November 1st, 2012 09:11PM
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Medical Facility: Cone HospitalInsurance Carrier: none
Am I doing something wrong? the earlier comments mention getting the ankle fixed for a reasonable sum. 21,000 all things included is outrageous, 3,000 is bad news but do-able. I have no idea how I'm going to pay these bills
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Amount: $3,000.00
Posted by: Media Mom in media, PA.Posted: October 22nd, 2012 06:10AM
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Medical Facility: PremiereInsurance Carrier: none
This is why we need universal health care! A simple broken ankle
should not cost $3,000!d If the gov't were involved, it would put competition in to the market to help lower such obnoxious costs. And I DO have insurance--they paid $50.00!
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