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Navigating Shoulder Arthroscopy Costs

Navigating Shoulder Arthroscopy Costs

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

Not all hospitals achieve the same results

Shoulder arthroscopy and other minimally invasive surgeries often result in less pain, minimal scarring and rapid recovery. But not all hospitals will produce the same result. 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 avoid unnecessary setbacks and avoidable costs. Learn why we chose these factors.


Shoulder Arthroscopy Overview


Surgical procedure involving a tiny camera called an arthroscope to examine or repair the tissues inside or around the shoulder joint. Used to diagnose and treat a variety of conditions, most commonly rotator cuff tears.


Takes place in a hospital or ambulatory surgery center.

Length of hospital stay

Most patients go home the same day.

Services included

The hospital price estimate includes:

  • 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

Other professional services, such as those provided by your surgeon or anesthesiologist, are billed for separately.

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Karen Middletown, CT Middletown, CT

I am not exaggerating when I say my doctor gave me my life back. I cannot put into words the appreciation I feel towards him and his entire efficient and hard-working team. Thank you!

Tendon Injury/Condition

Success Rate


Of HSS patients reported improvement within 12 months after their treatment

Out of 107 responses, 68% response rate

Source: HSS Internal Data, 2020

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Presently all is great—have good range of motion, plenty of strength and best of all pain free. Returned to playing softball and can see marked improvement with both shoulders when I play.

John, Shoulder Replacement

Patient Experience

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

Source: CMS Care Compare



HSS In-Hospital



Represents hospital-wide care. Lower is better

Source: CMS Care Compare

Avoidable Hospital Visits





Represents hospital-wide care. Lower is better

Source: CMS Care Compare

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It's been six weeks since my surgery. My therapist says I'm way ahead of schedule, but I'm not rushing things. Golf season begins in a month, and I expect to come back stronger than ever thanks to my doctor and the great care I received at HSS.

Russell, Rotator Cuff Injury/Condition

Procedure Volume

Shoulder arthroscopies per year

Source: HSS Internal Data, 2019

Cost Efficiency

Less expensive over time than other NYC Tri-State Hospitals

0.71 HSS vs. 1.17 NYC Tri-State. Lower is better.
30-day episode cost ratio.

Source: FAIR Health, CY2019


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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.