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Cost of tennis elbow repair surgery in South Carolina

The average cash price for tennis elbow repair surgery care in South Carolina is $3,280 at a surgery center versus $5,069 at an outpatient hospital. While a surgery center may offer fewer complimentary services, and may not have the full range of support services that outpatient hospital provides, it may still be worth the (35%) you'd save when comparing the cost of tennis elbow repair surgery performed at an outpatient hospital. Read More

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Average cash price in South Carolina

A common tennis elbow repair surgery at surgery center facility in South Carolina includes

  Units Avg Cash price

Provider

Orthopedic surgeon visit provider fee

First time visit Standard
1 $130

Provider fee to remove tissue and/or bone at elbow

with tendon repair Standard
1 $850

Facility

Surgery center fee to remove tissue and/or bone at elbow

Standard Standard
1 $1,586

Imaging

Radiology fee for ultrasound of leg or arm

Limited Standard
1 $79

Prescriptions

HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN

Standard Standard
30 $16

Anesthesia

Anesthesiologist fee to be "put under" for procedure

Level 3 Standard
1 $199

Anesthesiologist time to be "put under" for procedure

Per minute Standard
213 $420
Total average cash price   $3,279.94

A common tennis elbow repair surgery at outpatient hospital facility in South Carolina includes

  Units Avg Cash price

Provider

Orthopedic surgeon visit provider fee

First time visit Standard
1 $130

Provider fee to remove tissue and/or bone at elbow

with tendon repair Standard
1 $850

Facility

Outpatient Hospital fee to remove tissue and/or bone at elbow

level 3 Standard
1 $3,375

Imaging

Radiology fee for ultrasound of leg or arm

Limited Standard
1 $79

Prescriptions

HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN

Standard Standard
30 $16

Anesthesia

Anesthesiologist fee to be "put under" for procedure

Level 3 Standard
1 $199

Anesthesiologist time to be "put under" for procedure

Per minute Standard
213 $420
Total average cash price   $5,069.09

For the majority of those with the condition, tennis elbow gets better without any medical treatment, though rest is essential. However, if the condition causes severe and consistent pain, other treatments, including surgery, are recommended. 

Tennis elbow repair surgery can be done through open surgery, where an incision is made over the injured tendon, or using an arthroscope, which is a tiny camera on a tube. During the surgery, the surgeon scrapes away the unhealthy part of the tendon and then either attaches it to the other tendons, or repairs it with a device called a suture anchor.

Tennis elbow repair surgery is generally seen as a last resort and is usually only recommended if symptoms persist after 12 months of rest and rehabilitation. 

In addition to rest, your doctor may recommend non-surgical treatments, such as corticosteroid shots, anti-inflammatory medication, and physical therapy before surgery. Surgery may be the only answer if pain persists after these treatments, and mainly if it stops you from daily activities. Doctors also sometimes recommend repair surgery for people who suffer large tears from an acute injury in their tendons.

Patients are given anesthesia to numb the area during the procedure, whether open or arthroscopic surgery. After the surgery, it is normal to feel some discomfort. Your doctor may prescribe painkillers to help make you more comfortable.

Tennis elbow surgery is usually an outpatient procedure, meaning that you don’t have to stay the night at the hospital. However, it can take several weeks to recover, depending on how extensive your surgery was. Most people return to work between 3-12 weeks after surgery, but this varies by job. Check with your health insurance provider if your personalized coverage includes paid time off work for surgery. 

During the first 7-10 days, your movement will be quite limited, and you should keep your elbow elevated while resting. You may be required to wear a splint or a sling for the first 10-14 days. If you had open surgery, your doctor will tell you how to change your bandages and clean the wound. Avoid getting the surgical area wet in the bath or shower for the first couple of weeks or until your doctor instructs otherwise.

Returning to intense physical activity, like organized sports, takes much longer--typically about 4-6 months.

Although tennis elbow surgery is often seen as a last resort, most of the time (between 80 to 90%), patients experience complete symptom relief after surgery.

There is no exact answer as to when you will drive again because it depends on the individual and their recovery. Specifically, your doctor will not clear you to drive again until you can comfortably use your hand and fully extend the elbow. For most people, this will be within two weeks of surgery.

About the tennis elbow repair surgery Average Cash Prices

This procedure is most commonly performed at either a surgery center or an outpatient hospital.

Surgery centers, also known as ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs), are independent, licensed medical facilities that are governed by distinct regulatory requirements compared with a hospital. Procedures performed at an ASCs are often less expensive than when they are performed at an outpatient hospital, but they typically offer fewer complimentary services, and may not have the full-range of support services that a hospital provides.

Outpatient facilities are outpatient departments or clinics that may be within or next to a hospital, but is owned and run by the affiliated hospital. These facilities can perform surgical treatments and procedures that do not require an overnight stay. Procedures performed at an outpatient hospital are often more expensive than when they are performed in an ambulatory surgery center, but outpatient hospitals may offer more complimentary and support services for patients because they are connected to the hospital system.

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* Savings estimate based on a study of more than 1 billion claims comparing self-pay (or cash pay) prices of a frequency-weighted market basket of procedures to insurer-negotiated rates for the same. Claims were collected between July 2017 and July 2019. R.Lawrence Van Horn, Arthur Laffer, Robert L.Metcalf. 2019. The Transformative Potential for Price Transparency in Healthcare: Benefits for Consumers and Providers. Health Management Policy and Innovation, Volume 4, Issue 3.

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Your actual costs may be higher or lower than these cost estimates. Check with your provider and health plan details to confirm the costs that you may be charged for a service or procedure.You are responsible for costs that are not covered and for getting any pre-authorizations or referrals required by your health plan. Neither payments nor benefits are guaranteed. Provider data, including price data, provided in part by Turquoise Health.

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