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What is the average cost of shoulder surgery?

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Surgery to repair a torn or injured shoulder rotator cuff ranges from $300 to $15,000 plus physician fees of $225 to $4,750, as of 2015. Arthroscopic surgery averages around $7,000.

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Open shoulder surgery is a more expensive procedure, since it is more involved and requires more incisions, removal of scar tissue and reattachment of tendons to the bones in the shoulders. The cost for this type of surgery, including the two- to five-day hospital stay it generally requires, averages around $17,450, as of 2015.

The cost for the surgery does not include the physical therapy often required following shoulder surgery, which sometimes runs for months. Other factors to consider include the cost of medications after the surgery and any wages lost during the surgery and subsequent recuperation.

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