cost comparison

the real cost of traditional health care

There’s no doubt that the current state of healthcare in America has left many of us pouring over our medical bills. The costs to receive traditional medical care are ever-increasing, and the time to rehabilitate from surgery can add additional financial stress from lost wages.

Below are some recent figures on the average cost of several common orthopedic surgeries:

For Knee and Hip Replacement Surgeries:

From a story earlier in 2015 on, the average cost in the U.S. for a total knee replacement is $31,124 and the average cost of a total hip replacement was $30,124.

For Carpal Tunnel Treatment:

According to, in 2013, the range of cost for carpal tunnel syndrome began at $5800 and could reach $29,000.

For Rotator Cuff Surgery:

A study published in the Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery Board of Trustees in 2010 found that average surgical costs for patients who received a mini-open surgery was $7,841; patients who received arthroscopy paid $8,985 on average.

For Back Surgery:

In June 2011, To Your Health magazine published a story that included a study on the costs of an average spine surgery case. In total the cases reviewed approached $100,000 or more. Costs may reach as high as $169,000 for a lumbar fusion and $112,000 for a cervical fusion.

Comparatively, adult stem cell therapy as prescribed by a physician for treatment of similar areas of the body average $4000.

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