Orthopedic Surgeries in the U.S. come with a High Price Tag

Knee surgeries are orthopedic services performed to repair pain in the knee problems caused by injuries, running, tendonitis or arthritis. Common knee surgery procedures include:

  • Knee Replacement Surgery (Arthroplasty) aka Arthroscopic Knee Surgery
  • Knee Ligament Repair
  • Knee Abrasion Arthroplasty
  • Runner’s Knee (Patellofemoral Stress Syndrome)

In the United States, knee joint surgery costs about $30,000. Medical tourists pay around $12,000 in India. Knee ligament repair costs around $17,000 per knee in the U.S., and knee abrasion arthroplasty costs twice that. Even with insurance, costs are astronomical.

Hip replacement surgery often involves bone scans and MRIs, x-rays and ultrasound to determine damage to bones in hip joints. Hip replacement surgical procedures cost up to $43,000 in the United States. In Singapore and Thailand, medical patients may benefit from orthopedic hip replacement surgical procedures that cost about $12,000. In India, costs average about $9,000-$10,000.

Hip joint resurfacing replaces the surface of the hip joint, but removes less bone tissue than traditional hip replacement procedures. Hip resurfacing procedures in the U.S. average $55,000 per hip! The same hip resurfacing procedure in India costs around $8,500. Medical tourists traveling to Thailand, Singapore, and South America for the same treatments may anticipate spending 1/6th the amount charged in the U.S. for such procedures.

Options for orthopedic surgeons, orthopedic specialists and orthopedic care are becoming more available in popular travel destinations around the world. Finally, we have a choice as to how much we’re willing to pay for excellent and experienced medical care.

Categories:   Medical Tourism, Orthopedics Surgery Abroad


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