As people age, part of the process includes some of the body parts that receive often ware to begin to weaken and fail. Bones are delicate and if proper Calcium is not consumed, bones become brittle and weak which can lead to pain and even breaks. Hips are one of the bones which are used constantly every day and are usually the first that need to be replaced due to aging. Thankfully with modern medicine either one or both hips can be successfully replaced, reducing pain and increasing mobility.
Factors of Cost
Insurance coverage is the larger factors of the out of pocket cost for a hip replacement. Even if you do have insurance, still plan on spending between $4,000 and $6,000. Depending on the surgeon performing the operation and the hospital it is performed at, without insurance you are looking at spending between $20,000 and $40,000 dollars for a full hip replacement. Of course, the more experienced of a surgeon, the higher you are going to pay.
Before you can have the hip replacement surgery you will need to have a pre-evaluation and discuss your medical history along with having some tests performed. It is important that you are in decent health and are in good condition before the surgery to insure a swift recovery and minimal complications. During these appointments with your surgeon you will have the opportunity to ask any questions or voice any concerns you’re feeling.
Post-surgery, you will most likely be asked to remain in the hospital for 3-5 days for monitoring. Any complications during surgery will have been determined by the end of that time and the extra monitoring will ensure a speedy recovery. The cost of this stay is included in the price of the operation.
Physical therapy after your surgery will most likely be needed to speed up the healing process. Sitting still in a chair or lying in bed constantly during recovery will create stiff joints and limited mobility. With no insurance or insurance that does not cover physical therapy, each session will cost at least $100.
During the stay at the hospital along with immediately after, pain medication will be prescribed to help manage the pain. Insurance should cover these medications but without insurance or limited insurance, these costs will be out of pocket. The price of the medication depends on what is prescribed along with how much. Crutches for the months following the operation will also be necessary but in time, walking without them will be easier.
Ways to Save Money
Having good health insurance coverage is the key to saving money on this procedure. Even with insurance there will be an out of pocket cost but it will be next to nothing compared to paying full price with no insurance. Anyone who is not already covered should look into getting health insurance before getting this procedure completed.