Knee Replacement Cost in America and around world.

Knee replacement cost

“Knee replacement cost” or related search on the internet is usually done by someone who has severe knee pain, and their doctor has recommended knee replacement surgery.

Are you one of the 700000 prospective Knee replacement patient who is worried about knee replacement cost? 

Some of the related questions about the cost of surgery are:

  • Does Medicare cover Knee Replacement
  • Insurance coverage for Knee replacement surgery 
  • Out of Pocket payments
  • Payment plans for your surgery
  • Cash discounts for Self-paying patient
  • Medical Tourism

In this article, I will explain to you all the areas of Knee replacement financials that will help you decide about your knee future. 

Knee surgery cost depends on many different variables, including your location, health history, and the type of services you will need.

Average cost of Knee replacement

Cost of Knee replacement surgery

Knee replacement surgery is expensive and can cost on an average $30249 for inpatient surgery, while outpatient knee replacement cost is $19002.

However, Medicare and Private Insurance generally cover most of the cost.

Have you ever wondered why there is so much difference between knee surgery cost?

The cost depends on many factors like:

  • Type of Knee replacement surgery- Total Knee Replacement, Partial Knee Replacement, Minimally invasive surgery 
  • Type of surgical implant and other materials
  • Your health history, including preexisting health conditions like Diabetes, Hypertension, and others
  • Surgery duration- If your knee surgery took long due to the complexity of your preexisting health situation or severity of knee damage, the cost goes up

Knee Surgery Cost Breakdown

Cost of knee surgery

Knee replacement cost can be broken down into following subheadings based on time:

  • Preoperative costs- Preoperative costs of knee replacement surgery generally includes your visits to Knee Doctor. It also includes your blood work and imaging like x-ray and MRI.
  • Hospital Stay costs- Hospital stay bill consist of your time of stay in hospitals, duration of surgery in the operating room, and other ancillary services. Let us hope that no complication arises during your hospital stay otherwise, and the cost goes up. Some other expenses included in-hospital stay cost include Anesthesia, use of specific equipment, indoor physical therapy, etc.
  • Postoperative costs include mainly related to rehab expenses, including outpatient Physical therapy and visits to your doctor.
  • Special types of equipment, if needed, like CPM, walkers, and crutches.
  • Home modifications: You might have to do some reasonable home modifications to help you recover faster. Those modifications include Shower safety, Raised toilet seats, safety bars.

Since it will take time for you to recover from knee replacement surgery and return to work, talking to your employer and your insurance provider is a must. 

Should you be unable to work due to injury or disability, your insurance or employer-based health plan might have some coverage for paid time off. So inquiring with them before undergoing surgery is a must-do for prospective knee replacement patients.

So are you prepared for the above-mentioned cost? What if you can not afford the price and if you are looking for cheaper options.

Medical Tourism

Knee replacement in India

Many people are worried about the rising costs of healthcare in USA and are looking for more affordable options.

For those people, Medical tourism is a blessing. Many people go for Knee replacement in India, Mexico, or other countries where healthcare costs are very affordable.

However, they have to do some research before choosing this option.

This research includes qualifications of Knee replacement surgeon, cost of air travel, insurance coverage, etc.


Hi all. Welcome to my website I am Ankur Desai, a licensed physiotherapist in Brampton, Ontario, Canada. I have a special interest in musculoskeletal Physical therapy and more so in Knee rehab.

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