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Dislocated Elbow Cost


How Much Does a Dislocated Elbow Cost?

 
average costWith Health Insurance: 10%-50% Coinsurancehigh costWithout Health Insurance: $1,000-$6,000+

Elbow dislocation can be a major injury, especially if the nerves that run through the elbow are injured and require surgical repair. Symptoms of elbow dislocation can include severe pain, swelling, inability to bend the arm and a loss of feeling in the hand.

Typical costs:

  • Without health insurance, diagnosis and treatment for a dislocated elbow typically includes the cost of the X-ray, a facility fee and a doctor fee for a typical total of less than $1,000 if no anesthesia is required to $6,000 or more if anesthesia is required. An elbow X-ray costs an average of $240, according to NewChoiceHealth.com[1] , but some providers charge up to $3,500 or more. Treatment without anesthesia costs about $495 and, with anesthesia, ranges from $3,900 to $6,000, not including the doctor fee, according to Saint Elizabeth Regional Medical Center[2] in Lincoln, Nebraska. A typical doctor fee could range from $250 to $950 for the procedure, according to Carolina Orthopaedic Surgery Associates[3] .
  • Treatment for a dislocated elbow is typically covered by health insurance. A patient with insurance would typically pay an X-ray copay, an office visit copay and coinsurance of 10% to 50% for the procedure. The cost could reach the yearly out-of-pocket maximum if anesthesia is required.
Related articles: Elbow Treatment or Surgery, Elbow Replacement, First Aid Kits

What should be included:
  • After ordering an X-ray to check for bone injury, the doctor will conduct a physical exam to look for nerve or artery injury.
  • For a simple elbow dislocation, the patient will be given pain medication and a sedative, then doctor and an assistant will physically manipulate the elbow back into the correct position. The doctor will apply a splint or sling, which will stay in place for two to three weeks.
  • For a complex dislocation, a surgeon might have to use general anesthesia, realign the elbow and surgically repair any damage to ligaments. Afterward, an external hinge might be used to keep the elbow in place during healing.
  • The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons[4] offers a primer on elbow dislocation and treatment.
Additional costs:
  • Going to an emergency room for initial treatment could add a $500 emergency room visit fee to the final bill.
  • An ambulance ride could cost $500 or more. For example, Montgomery County, Md.[5] charges $300 to $800, depending on care provided, plus $7.50 per mile.
  • Physical therapy, at $50 to $75 or more per session, might be required. For example, Akron General[6] in Ohio offers a physical therapy price list.
Discounts:
  • Some hospitals and orthopedic specialists offer discounts for uninsured/cash paying patients. For example, the Southern California Orthopedic Institute offers discounted services for cash-paying patients, and the Northwest Community Hospital Orthopedic Services Center[7] , in Chicago, offers discounts for prompt payment.
  • Some free clinics, such as the Community Health Free Clinic[8] in Chicago, offer orthopedic specialty care. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services[9] offers a directory of federally funded health centers. These centers are open to anyone and fees are charged on a sliding scale based on federal poverty guidelines; the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recommends contacting clinics directly for specific information on their discount policies. If the nearest clinic doesn't offer orthopedic care, ask for a referral.
Shopping for a dislocated elbow:
  • Elbow dislocation typically requires immediate emergency treatment, usually at a hospital emergency room. A dislocated elbow should be treated by an orthopedic surgeon, but also could be treated by a sports medicine doctor.
  • The American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery[10] offers an orthopedic specialist finder by city, state or zip code. Or, the American Osteopathic Academy of Sports Medicine offers a doctor locator.
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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Dislocated elbow, toddler
Amount: $933.00
Posted by: Piripiti in FORT LAUDERDALE, FL.Posted: October 5th, 2021 06:10PM
Type of Treatment: ManipulationMedical Center: Holy Cross, fort lauderdale
Insurance: None
I found this outrageous.It was a Sunday evening and had no other choice but to visit the emergency room because the little girl was clearly in pain.
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Toddler elbow dislocation
Amount: $888.00
Posted by: Sheldon brubacher in Lebanon, PA.Posted: February 16th, 2021 07:02AM
Type of Treatment: X-ray and elbow manipulationMedical Center: Orthopedic associates of Lancaster, PA
Insurance: 0
Original bill was 1,650 + 100 visit cost but with self pay discount brought the price to $888. They said it will cost $46 for x-rays but didnt mention the 1,550 to wiggle his arm for 5 minutes. Just wish the cost was presented before the procedure
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NURSEMAIDS ELBOW
Amount: $454.00
Posted by: Gerri in Carmichael, CA.Posted: December 10th, 2020 02:12PM
Type of Treatment: X ray and dislocationMedical Center: Med 7 Urgent care
Insurance: MERITAIN HEALTH
Quick 5 minute office visit with my 18 month old. Dr requested x rays then did a Manual manipulation to fix elbow. After insurance it was $454
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Toddler elbow dislocation
Amount: $3,706.00
Posted by: jinlll in San Francisco, CA.Posted: April 8th, 2020 02:04PM
Type of Treatment: 5min doctor chat and a bendMedical Center: UCSF
Insurance: Aetna
Don't get me wrong I love the doctors who helped us. But this just doesn't make sense to be charged 3706 for a nursemaid elbow... this is crazy...
No X-ray, No anything. Insurence covered half. Have to pay 1800 USD for this 5 mins.
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redicilous cost
Amount: $456.00
Posted by: Bakul Ratanpara in Portland, OR.Posted: January 22nd, 2019 12:01AM
Type of Treatment: just normal 5min doctor timeMedical Center: Providence Urgent care
Insurance: $98
This was quick 2 sec fix and bill was ridiculously high.
i took my 3 year old son to urgent care . They fixed in 2 sec...we did not even sat there..total doctor time spent was 5 min...bill was $556...Insurance discount was $98...since i had a high deductible, i paid $456 out of my pocket...
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Nursemaid’s elbow
Amount: $1,017.27
Posted by: Crazybill in Newport Beach, CA.Posted: October 12th, 2018 03:10PM
Type of Treatment: Medical Center: Hoag Memorial Hospitall
Insurance: CareFirst PPO
Took 4 year old son to ER for Nursemaid’s elbow. Doctor fixed in about 30 seconds. No xray or any other procedure. Got a ridiculous bill from the hospital
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Toddler Elbow Dislocation
Amount: $3,408.00
Posted by: Lina1 in Oak PArk, CA.Posted: October 2nd, 2018 10:10PM
Type of Treatment: ER visitMedical Center:
Insurance: Blue Cross PPO
Xray. No sedatives, PA in ER tried to put it back but couldn't . Had to go next day to pediatric ortho doctor who fixed it and charged me 50$
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Todder elbow dislocation
Amount: $962.06
Posted by: MorganW in Columbus, OH.Posted: August 6th, 2018 07:08AM
Type of Treatment: Nursemaids ElbowMedical Center: Nationwide Children\'s Hospital
Insurance: 119.74
Visited Urgent Care (not ER). Included only manipulation but student (not doctor). no sedatives or x-rays.
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Nursemaid\'s Elbow Reduction
Amount: $1,506.00
Posted by: pabreetzio in Charlotte, NC.Posted: July 7th, 2017 08:07AM
Type of Treatment: Emergency ServicesMedical Center: NOVANT HEALTH
Insurance: 550.26
No sedative, no x-Ray, just the manipulation. Took no more than 5 min with Doctor.
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Toddler Dislocation
Amount: $3,172.00
Posted by: Mr. Ima Knot Hapi in Los Angeles, CA.Posted: October 7th, 2016 04:10PM
Insurance: 0
This cost did not include any x-rays, anesthesia, or cast/brace. That was all a separate bill from the Urgent Care who couldn't help our little one.
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Toddler Elbow Dislocation
Amount: $511.00
Posted by: Jess10204 in Pewaukee, WI.Posted: August 8th, 2016 11:08AM
Insurance: 206.35
Urgent care. No sedative, no x-Ray, just the manipulation. Took no more than 5 min with Doctor. It was classified as surgery. Just crazy.
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Toddler elbow dislocation
Amount: $419.20
Posted by: Violated in Hutchinson, KS.Posted: May 24th, 2014 07:05AM
Insurance: 67.00
Went to a Local clinic thinking it would be cheaper than an ER visit, which cost us $174 the first time this happened, boy were we wrong!!!
How can they get away with this kind of robbery?!?!
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toddler elbow dislocation
Amount: $244.00
Posted by: verymadd in Fillmore, UT.Posted: January 9th, 2014 03:01PM
Insurance: 0
Took five minutes no seditive. Thanks gov. Health care and wasteful hospital expenditures for making costs go up.
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