Although costs for ankle fusion in the United States can run as high as $30,000, the average cost of the operation as of 2011 was $7,900, according to the Medical Tourism Corporation. However, total ankle arthroplasty at $28,000 is actually more cost-effective, PubMed Central explains.
Quoted costs for operations do not always include the surgeon's fees. Ankle fusions are offered in many U.S.-accredited hospitals in countries such as India, Costa Rica and Mexico. In these countries, the operation costs approximately $4,000 to $8,000, as of 2015, as the Medical Tourism Corporation outlines. Ankle fusion is typically performed in cases of severe ankle arthritis. The operation leaves the joint pain-free but permanently fused and unable to bend.