How Much Does Achilles Tendon Surgery Cost?
According to AchillesTendon.com, your Achilles Tendon is a tissue that connects your heel to the muscles that are located on your lower leg. Since your leg muscles are some of the most power muscles in your system, the Achilles Tendon is the thickest, and the strongest tendon in the body. Whether you’ve overused it, or you have potentially worn bad shoes over your lifetime, you may find that you may require some sort of rehab, or surgery. Costs are going to vary depending on a lot of factors.
How much is it?
- Surgery itself is going to vary anywhere from $10,000 to as much as $31,000 without insurance. This average usually covers most of your additional expenses such as your hospital stay, and more.
- The surgery alone is going to vary anywhere from $1,000 to $8,000 for the surgery. This doesn’t include the additional fees.
- With health insurance, you’re going to want to refer to your deductible, and your co-pays. Since there are many various health insurance plans, it’s best to refer to your plan details. If this surgery is deemed necessary, your insurance should more than likely cover it. You’ll only be responsible for your co-pays and deductibles.
What is going to be included?
- Under a general anesthesia, an incision will be made down the back of the patient’s heel. Once this incision has been made, the ends of the ruptured tendon will be reconnected, held together with stitches. After the tendon has been sewn back up, a cast will be put in place. This cast will have to be in place for up to 30 days. Once the 30 days are up, the cast and stitches can be removed.
- The surgery performed by the Doctor itself, a cast, as well as the entire hospital stay will be included in the overall total process.
What are the extra costs?
- The hospital stay itself will not be included in the overall surgery price. The average hospital stay can be anywhere from $1,000+ a night alone.
- Since this surgery is going to require anesthesia, this can vary anywhere from $800 to $2,000 for this procedure alone.
- If this surgery is going to be as a result of a impromptu injury, emergency room (ER) fees may apply. An emergency room fee alone can start at $500.
- Rehab and physical therapy is more than likely going to be needed for at least 8-16 weeks prior to your surgery. Rehab fees can range anywhere from $100 to $200 a visit.
- A follow-up visit is very important to ensure that the healing is on path. While complications are rare, the tendon can rupture again if not taken care of properly.
How can I save money?
- Be advised that you may not need surgery. Instead, you may just need a simple rehab stint in order to increase your strength.
- Check with foreign countries if you need the surgery. Many countries such as India can do it for 60% less. Do this at your own risk, and be sure to extensive research before doing so. Consider looking into medical tourism pricing guides to see what each and every country can do.