Search thousands of topics on CostHelper

BROWSE ALL TOPICS >> babies & children  cars  consumer electronics health & personal care home & garden personal finance  pets  schools small business sports weddings
CostHelper > Health & Personal Care  > Orthopedics and Injuries > Elbow Replacement

Elbow Replacement Cost


How Much Does Elbow Replacement Cost?

 
average costWith Insurance: Copays & Coinsurance up to Out of Pocket Maximumhigh costWithout Insurance: $35,000-$40,000+
post Post   Comments (2)  

An elbow replacement can be used to treat severe arthritis, badly broken bones, damaged tissue or elbow tumors.

Typical costs:

  • Without health insurance, an elbow replacement surgery typically costs a total of $35,000 to $40,000 or more. The hospital fee generally would be $30,000 to $35,000 or more, and a surgeon's fee would range from $2,000 to $4,000 or more, according to the office off one orthopedic surgeon who performs elbow replacements; a U.S. Department of Health & Human Services[1] transparency initiative shows that surgeon fees for joint replacements can reach $5,000.
  • An elbow replacement typically would be covered by health insurance if medically necessary.
  • With health insurance, typical expenses could include doctor visit copays, drug copays and coinsurance for the surgery. This could total thousands of dollars or the yearly out-of-pocket maximum.
Related articles: Broken Arm, Broken Clavicle, Carpal Tunnel Treatment

What should be included:
  • In a total elbow replacement, the patient generally will be put under general anesthesia or regional anesthesia plus a relaxant. Then the surgeon will make an incision and remove the elbow joint and drill holes into the arm bones, then put the artificial joint in place using bone cement. A hospital stay of up to four days will be necessary. It can take 12 weeks or longer to regain use of the elbow and a year to fully recover.
  • The National Institutes of Health[2] has a primer on elbow replacement surgery.
Additional costs:
  • Several sessions of physical therapy might be required at $50 to $75 per hour.
Discounts:
  • Some orthopedic specialists and hospitals 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 elbow replacement:
  • Look for a board-certified orthopedic surgeon who has extensive experience with total elbow replacements. The American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery[4] offers an orthopedic surgeon finder by city, state or zip code.
  • Elbow replacement is a technically difficult surgery and not that many are done each year in the United States, so it is especially important to look for an experienced surgeon at a center that performs at least several elbow replacements per year, according to the University of Washington Department of Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine.
  • Risks of elbow replacement include reaction to anesthesia, blood clots, infection, allergic reaction to the implanted hardware and loosening of the artificial joint.
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.
 
post Post   Comments (2)  
CostHelper News


7 Ways to Stretch Your Reduced Food Budget
End of the year budgets are tight for everyone, especially in this economy.It's especially hard for the millions of Americans who depend on government programs like food stamps to help make ends meet. || Posted November 11 2013


Fix-it Favorites: Duct Tape and WD-40
My mother taught me that all home fixit-projects can be accomplished with either duct tape or WD-40. If something shouldn't move and it does, use duct tape. If something should move and it doesn't, use WD-40. || Posted September 30 2013

‣ All CostHelper Blog Posts


What People Are Paying - Recent Comments
I have not got one but I need one desperately after car accident surgeon told me I had to wait 10 to 15 years
Amount: $0.00
Posted by: stephanie haines in boca raton, FL.Posted: June 3rd, 2019 09:06AM
Medical Center: Insurance Carrier: working with car insurance
just wanted to know how much it cost because he ended r sessions saying I need file for disability can't continue with the job I ent to school for. and it seems like peple are hesitant to do it because of all the crushed hardware in my elbow told me it actuallly is possible 4 me the elbow can feel pain like I do but not as bad.
Was this post helpful to you?   yes     no Report prohibited or spam
elbow replacement
Amount: $80,000.00
Posted by: Joe Ratcliff in rodcester, MN.Posted: February 16th, 2015 11:02AM
Medical Center: mayo clenicInsurance Carrier: medicare
going to Mayo Clinic and having Dr. Scott p. Steinman replacing my elbow
Was this post helpful to you?   yes     no Report prohibited or spam


 

Comment On Your Experience With Elbow Replacement
 
Subject:  *
Amount Spent:  *
Medical Center: Insurance Carrier: 
Comments: 
Purchased:  Year: 
City:  * State:  *
 
Information about you:
Email:  * Email addresses are not displayed.
Name:  This is the name we'll display with your post.
me on this computer
*=required field.
 



External Resources:
  1.  www.cms.gov/Research-Statistics-Data-and-Systems/Research/HealthCareConInit/index....
  2.  www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/007258.htm
  3.  www.nch.org/medical-services/orthopedic-services/index.php
  4.  www.abos.org/find-a-certified-orthopaedic-surgeon.aspx
More Health & Personal Care Topics
Check Out All Costs for Health & Personal Care How Much Do Crutches Cost? How Much Do Eyeglasses Cost? How Much Do Botox Treatments Cost?

Search Thousands of Topics on CostHelper.com

 
Today's Featured Cost Articles

About CostHelper
CostHelper is based in Silicon Valley and provides consumers with unbiased price information about thousands of goods and services. Our writers are experienced journalists who adhere to our strict editorial ethics policy.

CostHelper Community
Replace Toilet Wax Ring (DIY)
Paid: 25.00
Cost could have been cheaper, but previous owners hired a plumber and contractor who didn't do the job right. So we ran into problems. The first wax ring didn't work, so we had to buy the old fashioned type... [more]
-JT Holm
Toilet Repair Cost
Plumbing totourial
Paid: 0.00
I am appalled by some of these charges myself and yes plumbers have a hard,disgusting and exhausting job and it’s not for everyone... [more]
-Caleb Domec
Plumber Cost
Ischemic stroke
Paid: 89000.00
I had a CT scan, they called helicopter to transfer to trauma hospital in Atlanta, but neurosurgeon there said the stroke is is I n a deep area, and would be too dangerously to remove the clot surgically... [more]
-Marie-Jose
Stroke Treatment Cost
Connective tissue graft
Paid: 1300.00
Had to get a connective tissue graft for three of my teeth on my lower left and likely will need a few more done down the road (genetics). The procedure took about an hour and was pain-free... [more]
-
Gum Tissue Graft Cost
Alaska propane pricing 2020
Paid: 130.71
No contract price is $3.87 x 32.8 gallons + $3.81 fee = delivered remote Cooper Landing Alaska. New contract renewal $1.91/gallon for delivery plus propane cost which I need to check on... [more]
-Keith Mantey
Propane Cost
Funeral
Paid: 160.00
Can somebody contact me... [more]
-Terrance Samuel
Releasing Doves Cost