Acl Reconstruction Surgery Cost and Procedure Information

ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) reconstruction is a surgical procedure in which the damaged ACL is replaced by a graft — usually taken from your own body. A torn ACL a common sports injury. This is typically a minimally invasive, arthroscopic, procedure. The arthroscopic method uses several small incisions to allow insertion of small thin tubes with video cameras (laparoscopes) and surgical instruments attached to perform the surgery. Patients typically come home the same day as the surgery.

National Acl Reconstruction Surgery Procedure Pricing Summary

National Minimum Price $9,503 (Findlay, OH)
National Average Price $15,442
National Maximum Price $26,133 (Findlay, OH)

Acl Reconstruction Surgery Cost Averages Around the Country

Price Range
Minneapolis, MN Acl Reconstruction Surgery Cost Average $9,000 - $24,600
Baltimore, MD Acl Reconstruction Surgery Cost Average $7,400 - $20,100
Boston, MA Acl Reconstruction Surgery Cost Average $11,700 - $32,200
Detroit, MI Acl Reconstruction Surgery Cost Average $8,300 - $22,700
San Francisco, CA Acl Reconstruction Surgery Cost Average $11,700 - $32,100
Seattle, WA Acl Reconstruction Surgery Cost Average $9,000 - $24,700
San Diego, CA Acl Reconstruction Surgery Cost Average $10,600 - $29,100
St. Louis, MO Acl Reconstruction Surgery Cost Average $7,700 - $21,200
Denver, CO Acl Reconstruction Surgery Cost Average $8,400 - $23,100
Tampa, FL Acl Reconstruction Surgery Cost Average $7,400 - $20,200
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Featured Facilities that Perform Acl Reconstruction Surgery

Name Location Price Range
Bayside Surgery Center N Falmouth , MA $9,500 - $26,100
Saint Cloud Hospital Saint Cloud , MN $17,200 - $47,300
Muenster Memorial Hospital Muenster , TX $32,400 - $88,900
Billings Clinic Orthopedics and Sports Medicine Billings , MT $6,200 - $16,900
Mary Greeley Medical Center Ames , IA $33,500 - $92,100
Southeast Georgia Health System - Camden Campus Saint Marys , GA $19,000 - $52,100
James E Davis Ambulatory Surgery Ctr Durham , NC $7,300 - $20,000
Seeds Orthopedics Ashtabula , OH $5,100 - $13,800
Citizens Baptist Talladega , AL $13,200 - $36,200
Whitman Hospital and Medical Center Colfax , WA $35,800 - $98,300
Citrus Memorial Hospital Inverness , FL $14,500 - $39,900
Center for Orthopaedics Sulphur , LA $5,400 - $14,800
Mercy Hospital of Willard Willard , OH $16,900 - $46,400
North Fork Surgery Center Rexburg , ID $3,900 - $10,700
Orthopedic Health Care Clinic Boise , ID $5,700 - $15,700
Southwest Orthopaedics Alamogordo , NM $5,100 - $14,000
Poudre Valley Hospital Fort Collins , CO $16,700 - $45,900
Coral Desert Surgery Center St George , UT $4,100 - $11,200
Center for Ambulatory Surgery and Endoscopy of Southeastern New Mexico Roswell , NM $4,400 - $12,100
Institute for Orthopedic and Nerve Surgery Mishawaka , IN $6,300 - $17,200
Mountainview Regional Medical Center Las Cruces , NM $22,200 - $60,900
River Hospital Alexandria Bay , NY $18,600 - $51,200
Women's and Children's Hospital Lafayette , LA $12,900 - $35,300
William Newton Memorial Hospital Winfield , KS $24,700 - $67,800
Gem City Bone and Joint Laramie , WY $5,200 - $14,200
Champaign Surgicenter Champaign , IL $4,100 - $11,300
Orthopaedic Center of Okeechobee Okeechobee , FL $4,700 - $12,900
Florida Coastal Surgery Center Naples , FL $7,100 - $19,300
Surgery Center of Pinehurst Pinehurst , NC $4,300 - $11,600
Rutherford Orthopaedics Rutherfordton , NC $4,800 - $13,100

Acl Reconstruction Surgery Information & Details

ACL Reconstruction Surgery Cost and Procedure Introduction

ACL reconstruction surgery is usually an arthroscopic procedure performed through small incisions, using an instrument called an arthroscope. The arthroscope is a tube that contains a camera and other surgical instruments. Occasionally, the surgeon will need to make a larger incision to repair the damage (open surgery). Patients are under general anesthesia during this procedure. ACL reconstruction surgeries are usually performed in an outpatient surgical facility by an orthopedic surgeon. Sports injuries are the most likely cause of a torn ACL. Patients are usually able to come home the day of the surgery, typically one to two hours after the procedure. Patients can walk without crutches after two to three weeks, and most people can return to full activities after six months.

Patient Preparation for ACL Reconstruction Surgery

A physical examination will be performed along with blood or other diagnostic tests, such as X-rays and MRIs. It is particularly important to inform the physician of all medications or vitamins taken regularly or if you are pregnant (or think you might be pregnant). Tell your doctor if you have heart, lung or other medical conditions that may need special attention and, finally, if you have a history of bleeding disorders or if you are taking any anticoagulant (blood-thinning) medications, aspirin or other medications that affect blood clotting. You will be given instructions in advance that will outline what you should and should not do in preparation for the surgery; be sure to read and follow those instructions. You will be asked to fast for eight hours before the procedure, generally after midnight. You will need to make arrangements for transportation after the surgery is complete. If you are given a prescription for pain medication, have it filled prior to surgery.

What to Expect During and After ACL Reconstruction Surgery

The surgery takes between one and two hours, though the preparation and recovery time may take several hours. An intravenous line is inserted into the arm to administer a sedative and a painkiller. Your heart rate, blood pressure, respiratory rate and oxygen level will be monitored during the procedure. The procedure is done while you are under general anesthesia (unconscious and pain-free). ACL reconstruction surgery is performed by an orthopedic surgeon, who will make a few small incisions around the kneecap. After inserting the arthroscope, the surgeon will drill holes into the upper and lower leg bones where the graft will be attached. Another incision is then made to take the graft from the patellar or hamstring tendon. No extra incision is needed if the surgeon is using a graft from a deceased donor. Finally, the graft will be pulled through the drilled holes and attached with screws or staples. After incisions are closed — using stitches or steri-strips — your knee will be wrapped in a bandage.

After surgery, you will be taken to the recovery room for observation. Once your blood pressure, pulse and breathing are stable and you are alert, you will be discharged to your home. You will also practice walking with crutches. Before being discharged, you will be given instructions about care for your incisions, limits on activities and what you should do to aid your recovery. If you notice any of the following, call the number the hospital gave you: Fever, excessive sweating, difficulty urinating, redness, bleeding or worsening pain.

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