As of 2015, the average cost during the healing time of a total knee replacement is approximately $1,700 for privately insured patients and $2,600 for Medicare patients, according to Healthline. These figures are based on the typical recovery period of knee replacement surgery, which is more that a year.
The cost incurred during the healing time may include postsurgery physical therapy charges, the charges the that the patient pays during follow-ups with a surgeon and the cost of the equipment the doctor uses in the postsurgery physical therapy, as explained by Healthline. These charges fall under a broad category of outpatient charges. Medicare usually covers for 80 percent of the outpatients costs, but this amount varies for privately insured patients depending on the details of the plan.
The recovery process for a knee replacement surgery patient may also involve additional costs, according to Healthline. These costs may result from home modification, such as buying safety bars and rails, a toilet seat riser that features arms and a shower bench, and patients may have to pay for these home care resources if insurance does not cover them. The costs incurred during the healing time also increase if the patient needs to spend additional time in the hospital after the surgery.