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Bunion Treatment Cost


How Much Does Bunion Treatment Cost?

 
average costWith Health Insurance: Copays + 10%-50% Coinsurancehigh costWithout Health Insurance: $1,000-$15,000+

A bunion is a problem with the big toe joint that causes a bone to protrude from the foot and the toe to be improperly aligned. It often can be treated conservatively, but surgery sometimes is required.

Typical costs:

  • For patients with health insurance, the typical out-of-pocket cost for bunion treatment consists of a copay or coinsurance of 10%-50%. Bunion treatment might not be covered by health insurance, depending on the plan. For example, Anthem BlueCross BlueShield[1] excludes most treatment for bunions because treatment is considered palliative or cosmetic.
  • For patients without health insurance, bunion treatment typically costs less than $1,000 for conservative treatment, and costs depends on which treatments are used. Or, treatment can cost about $2,000-$15,000 or more if surgery is required.
  • For example, bunion splints[2] cost from less than $20 to about $70 at FootSmart.com. Cortisone shots typically cost $100-$300 when administered to a joint. And custom orthotics cost about $200-$800.
  • At Affordable Foot Care in Texas, bunion surgery[3] costs $2,000. At Saint Elizabeth Regional Medical Center, in Nebraska, surgery to correct a bunion[4] costs roughly $8,000-$15,000 or more, not including the doctor fee. Patients on a forum[5] at HealthBoards.com report total costs for bunion surgery of $5,000-$30,000.
Related articles: Cortisone Injection, Foot Orthotics, Physical Therapy, Health Insurance

What should be included:
  • Conservative treatment for a bunion can include anti-inflammatory medication, roomy shoes, custom orthotics, stretching exercises and a foot splint that is worn at night. A doctor sometimes will inject cortisone near the bunion to reduce inflammation.
  • If conservative treatment fails to alleviate symptoms, bunion surgery[6] sometimes is recommended. Surgery depends on the individual case and might involve removing the bump on the toe and realigning the joints. A nerve block typically is used to numb the foot, but sometimes general anesthesia is used. Recovery from surgery typically involves wearing a special boot for about six weeks.
  • MedicineNet.com has an overview of bunion treatment[7] .
Additional costs:
  • In some cases, bunion surgery fails and additional treatment might be needed. According to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, 85%-90% of surgery patients are happy with their results.
Discounts:
  • Many hospitals and doctors give discounts of up to 35% or more to uninsured/cash-paying patients. For example, UC Health, in Cincinnati, offers a 40% discount[8] .
Shopping for bunion treatment:
  • A podiatrist should treat bunions. The American Podiatric Medical Association offers a podiatrist locator[9] . It is important to make sure the podiatrist is certified by the American Board of Podiatric Medicine[10] or the American Board of Podiatric Surgery[11] , depending on their area of specialty.
  • WebMD offers a guide to bunion surgery[12] .
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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Bunion surgery
Amount: $37,247.00
Posted by: Frosty in Brookfield, WI.Posted: July 2nd, 2021 10:07AM
Type of Treatment: Lapidus bunionectomy & skin osteotomyPhysician or Medical Center: Ascension elmbrook hospital
This is just the hospital bill which I have to pay $2716 which all but $100 is copay for medical equipment/supplies. I am getting an itemized bill to make sure everything is correct!! Soooo expensive!!!!
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Left lapiplasty
Amount: $7,000.00
Posted by: Pricey in Evansville, IN.Posted: June 17th, 2021 04:06PM
Type of Treatment: SurgeryPhysician or Medical Center: Ascension Orthopedic Hospital
My insurance was billed $65,000 by the hospital alone. I will have to pay my max out of pocket deductible (7,000) between the surgeon, anesthesiologist, physical therapist, and out-patient hospital stay (less than 5 hours total).
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Lapidus bunionectomy with hammer toe fusion
Amount: $42,719.40
Posted by: Thomas L Walsh in Sheridan, WY.Posted: April 16th, 2021 11:04AM
Type of Treatment: Lapidus bunionectomy with hammer toe fusPhysician or Medical Center: Dr. Rabon and Sheridan Memorial Hospital
I paid 8,418 to the Podiatrist all out of pocket; and 34,301.40 to Sheridan Memorial Hospital in Sheridan, WY. My Insurance covered 184.00 only. I think the Hospital Billing is excessive to say the least. There has been no response from the Hospital Billing Dept.
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Lapiplasty Bunion Surgery
Amount: $64,500.00
Posted by: Thinktwice in Pittsburgh, PA.Posted: March 29th, 2021 05:03PM
Type of Treatment: Bunion RemovalPhysician or Medical Center:
Pittsburgh cost 2020 is $64,500 billed to insurance for 1 bunion. Co-insurance was $6500. Had this done for pain based on quick recovery reviews. The surgery alleviated the pain - 6 months later have no feeling in my foot and have issues with balance. Down time was greatly under-exaggerated, real down time is 4 weeks in a cast, 6 in a boot and then if you’re lucky and your foot isn’t still crazy swollen you might get into a slipper. Was 5 months before I could get my foot into a running shoe laces undone. My new arch is lower - yes you’ll get a new arch and it may or may not match your other arch. The surgery fixed 2 problems - pain and bunions, but it created other problems. Think twice before having it done.
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Bunion Surgery Lapiplasty
Amount: $47,650.00
Posted by: Lin G in Mechanicsburg, PA.Posted: March 11th, 2021 06:03AM
Type of Treatment: Bunionectomy LapiplastyPhysician or Medical Center: West Shore Hospital
I paid $2500 out of pocket (Aetna).
But my insurance was billed for $47,650!
I had to be off my foot for 2 wks.
And possibly wearing a boot for 6 wks total.
The after surgery pain has been less than my usual foot pain, so I guess I would say, so far it's been worth it! The hardest part is being immobile for several weeks.
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Lapiplasty
Amount: $26,300.00
Posted by: Simsof in Corpus Christi, TX.Posted: June 2nd, 2020 06:06PM
Type of Treatment: Bunion surgeryPhysician or Medical Center: Corpus Christi Medical Center
I had the surgery in December 2019. The original bill sent to my insurance was $157,000 for lapiplasty (bunion surgery with implants for one foot).
The insurance negotiated to $26,300 and I had to pay the max out of pocket of $4,500.
I am still amazed how can they send a bill of $157,000 for an outpatient surgery. The implants (one plate and 6 screws) were billed with $46,000 and the insurance approved $17,000 (still a lot!!)
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Lapiplasty costs
Amount: $55,000.00
Posted by: Liz in Texas in Austin, TX.Posted: February 4th, 2020 11:02AM
Type of Treatment: LapiplastyPhysician or Medical Center: Cedar Park Regional Hospital
The hospital billed my insurance $121,999 for the surgery, including the hardware. The fee was reduced by $69,823 (by in network insurance). The final total HOSPITAL cost was $52,176 for the outpatient surgery. Of that, the price of the patented hardware kit (negotiated insurance rate) was $12,511. I have had to pay the full out of pocket max of $4,500 for my part of the procedure. The surgeon's bill all told is about $1,200 and the anesthesiologist bill will probably come in at about $2,000. And that was just for ONE FOOT. I also had to obtain a shower chair and a knee scooter (both borrowed). It's an expensive surgery. I'm going to make sure to have the other foot done before the end of the year so I don't have to pay any more out of pocket!
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Bunion Surgery
Amount: $15,000.00
Posted by: Edly in Cleveland, TN.Posted: November 19th, 2015 07:11AM
Type of Treatment: metal implantPhysician or Medical Center: Sky Ridge
My doctor charged $3000 and was paid $600 under insurance contract. The hospital charged $88,000 and the contract paid $15,000, leaving me $1,500 to pay out of pocket. It seems like this was excessive charges by the hospital. If I ever need any other surgeries, I'll shop around for a hospital.
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Bunion surgery
Amount: $0.00
Posted by: Angelique Stamps in Chicago, LA.Posted: July 27th, 2015 08:07PM
Type of Treatment: Bunion removedPhysician or Medical Center: Dr. Fried,
I had had my bunion removed on my left foot in 2001. I used my Medical card, in Chicago, IL. I have not had a problem with my left foot at all. The only thing I didn't like was the scar on top of my foot. But I rather deal with that than the big knot, that was sticking out. I was suppose to go back to have my right foot done and I never did. Now I have to pay and I can't find no one with a cheap price. And this big bunion is killing me. Please help. I am embarrassed to show my right foot.
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  1.  www.anthem.com/wps/portal/ahpprovider?content_path=shared/va/f3/s6/t0/pw_m008961.h...
  2.  www.footsmart.com/bunion-splints-s.aspx?searchterm=%5e*%5ebunion+splints
  3.  www.affordablefootcare.com/services.html
  4.  tp.chi.acelogicus.net/nese/Default.aspx
  5.  www.healthboards.com/boards/foot-problems/54142-bunion-surgery-cost.html
  6.  orthoinfo.aaos.org/topic.cfm?topic=a00140
  7.  www.medicinenet.com/bunions/article.htm
  8.  www.uchealth.com/patients-visitors/financial-services/discounts/
  9.  www.apma.org/Directory/FindAPodiatrist.cfm
  10.  www.abpoppm.org/membership/public/public2.html
  11.  www.abps.org/content/resources/FindADoctor.aspx
  12.  www.webmd.com/a-to-z-guides/should-i-have-surgery-for-bunions
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