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Navigating Shoulder Replacement Costs

Navigating Shoulder 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

Total shoulder replacement is a highly successful procedure to reduce pain and get you back to doing the activities you love. 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.


About Shoulder Replacement


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

The hospital price estimate includes:

  • Room and board
  • 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.

Senior woman feeding a baby his bottle

Lauren Syosset, NY Syosset, NY

My doctor’s incredible skill, compassion and overall positive demeanor gave me full confidence that my newly created total shoulder replacement would allow my little miracle grandson to be cradled in his loving grandmama’s miracle arm.

Shoulder Replacement

Success Rate


Of HSS patients reported improvement within 12 months after their treatment

Out of 34 responses, 74% response rate

Source: HSS Internal Data, 2020

Senior woman practices rock climbing


For the first time in over 15 years, I am now totally pain-free, flexible and strong!

Patricia, 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

Man skiing down a hill


Life changing! After 4 surgeries elsewhere, I finally found HSS. My full shoulder replacement is amazing. I can ski again, I scuba dive again, and most importantly, I am not in any pain.

Bruce, Shoulder Replacement

Procedure Volume

shoulder replacements per year, that’s 247% 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

$28.4K HSS vs. $44.5K NYC Tri-State. Lower is better. Average 90-day cost including all aftercare such as rehabilitation and readmissions.

Source: FAIR Health


In orthopedics + high performing in shoulder replacements

11 years in a row


In orthopedics + high performing in shoulder 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.