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Navigating Knee Replacement Costs

Navigating Knee Replacement Costs

Make sure you're asking the critical questions to make the best decision for your care

Not all hospitals achieve the same results

Knee replacement is a surgery focused on reducing pain and getting you back to the activities you love. But not all hospitals achieve the same results. Some are more reliable than others. With the help of the HSS Hospital Cost Estimator, you can make sure you're asking the critical questions to find the hospital that's right for you. Understanding the data points below will help you make the best decision for your care. Learn why we chose these factors.


Knee Replacement Overview


Surgical procedure in which damaged cartilage in the knee is replaced by a metal implant. Also called “knee arthroplasty” or “knee resurfacing.”


Takes place in a hospital or ambulatory surgery center.

Length of hospital stay

Ranges from less than one day to several days, depending on the complexity of the procedure and your overall health.

Services included

While medical care is personalized for every patient, the following services are considered standard for this procedure:

  • Care in the operating room
  • Tests and X-rays done in the hospital
  • Medications given in the hospital
  • Nursing and physical therapy in the hospital
  • Professional services, such as those provided by your surgeon, anesthesiologist, radiologist, etc.
Senior woman walking her dog in the park

Lauren Staten Island, NY SI, NY

I am impressed with my doctor’s compassion, concern for my recovery, and the efficiency of his office. Someone was always available for my questions.

Knee Replacement

Success Rate


Of HSS patients reported improvement within 12 months after their treatment

Out of 221 responses, 100% response rate

Source: HSS Internal Data, 2020

Man in hospital gown practices taking stairs


After just 10 weeks, I am back to work and navigating stairs, driving, sitting and standing with no pain and no complications.

David, Knee Replacement

Patient Experience

Of patients would recommend HSS; over the national average of 72%

4.8 out of 5. Based on 18,491 patient ratings

Source: CMS Care Compare



HSS In-Hospital



Represents hip/knee replacement care. Lower is better

Source: CMS Care Compare

Avoidable Hospital Visits





Represents hip/knee replacement care. Lower is better

Source: CMS Care Compare

Man in bike clothing posing on bicycle


It has been a year since my knee replacements, and I am riding the bike regularly, enjoying walks, and back on the tennis court.

Bruce, Knee Replacement


Procedure Volume

Knee replacements per year, that's 278% more than the next leading hospital

Source: NYSDOH SPARCS 2017 Public Use File

Cost Efficiency

Less expensive over time than other NYC Tri-State Hospitals

0.80 HSS vs. 1.06 NYC Tri-State. Lower is better.
30-day episode cost ratio.

Source: FAIR Health, CY2019


In orthopedics + high performing in knee replacements

11 years in a row


In orthopedics + high performing in knee replacements

11 years in a row

Get an estimate in 2 simple steps

Step 1: Download the Hospital Cost Estimator

The Hospital Cost Estimator gives you valuable data about your procedure to think about alongside price. Our helpful worksheet makes it easy for you to compare different hospitals.

Step 2: Use the calculator to get your price

Use our calculator tool to get your personalized price estimate. Record that number on the Hospital Cost Estimator you just downloaded for a complete picture of the services you'd be paying for.