- National Average: $18,975
- National Range: $5,700 – $23,650+
- Outpatient Facility Average: $12,550
- Inpatient Facility Average: $21,990
- Target Fair Price: $11,250
Arthroscopic Knee surgery Cost Averages Around the Country
Specific Arthroscopic Knee Surgery Procedures and National Cost Averages
Which factors affect how much arthroscopic knee surgery costs?
- Facility setting — Where you have your medical procedure done affects the cost. Having arthroscopic knee surgery done in a hospital as an inpatient costs far more than having the same procedure done in an outpatient center. Since inpatient facilities tend to cost more to run, patients end up paying more for care.
- Insured or uninsured — The price of arthroscopic knee surgery can vary between insurance providers. The change in price largely depends on how much of the procedure your insurance plan covers if any at all. If you don’t have health insurance, you can expect to pay for the full cost of the procedure out-of-pocket.
- Location — The region, state, and even city you live in can affect the cost of your medical procedure. If you live in a rural area with fewer facilities to choose from, you can expect to pay more than you would if you lived in a city with many providers. Traveling for a medical procedure can be a great money-saving option.
Inpatient vs. outpatient facility cost differences
Insured vs. uninsured cost differences
In-network vs. out-of-network cost differences
More factors that affect the cost of arthroscopic knee surgery
- Prescriptions — A physician may prescribe painkillers or antibiotics post-procedure. To avoid high prescription prices, make sure the prescriptions you receive are covered by your insurance policy. You can also ask if there is a generic version of the same medicine, which can help lower the cost.
- Additional office visits — In some cases, you may be charged a separate fee for an initial consultation with the surgeon before the surgery. Your doctor will want to see you for follow-up appointments throughout the first year after your surgery—usually at three, six, and nine months. Patients often see their doctor once a year after that, unless problems arise. Ask if these follow up visits are included in the total cost of your arthroscopic knee surgery.
Your arthroscopic knee surgery checklist
1. Review the total cost of your procedure with your surgeon. Ask them to explain what each cost is for and keep a record. If you get a medical bill that’s higher than you expected, this information will come in handy.
2. Ask your surgeon if they can perform the procedure in an outpatient setting.
3. Check that all providers are in-network. Sometimes a provider who treats you will be out-of-network (this often happens with anesthesiologists). You can avoid this by asking your surgeon whether all of the providers who will treat you are in-network for your insurance.
4. Ask what the typical cost is if the surgeon finds other areas that need to be repaired during your procedure.