Availability of Consumer Prices for Arthroscopic Meniscus Surgery


The purpose is to examine the availability of consumer pricing information for arthroscopic meniscal surgery in the United States. Secondary objectives were comparing the price of meniscal repair to meniscectomy and regional pricing differences. Orthopaedic sports medicine clinics were sorted by state and randomly selected from American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine’s online directory. Following standardized script, each clinic was called a maximum of three times to obtain pricing information for meniscal surgery. A total of 1,008 distinct orthopaedic sport medicine practices were contacted. Six (6%) clinics were able to provide complete bundle pricing, and 183 (18.2%) clinics were able to provide physician-only fees for either meniscectomy or meniscal repair. Physician-only fees and bundle pricing were significantly less for meniscal repairs as compared to meniscectomies. There were no geographic regional differences in pricing for physician-only fees. There is a paucity of information regarding price transparency for arthroscopic meniscal surgery. (Journal of Surgical Orthopaedic Advances 32(2):083–087, 2023)

Key words: meniscus surgery, healthcare economics, pricing availability, meniscectomy, meniscal repair

Toufic R. Jildeh, MD; Patrick Buckley, MD; Muhammad J. Abbas, MD; Noel O. Akioyamen, MD; Leena Abbas, BS; James Calvin Montgomery, BS; and Kelechi R. Okoroha, MD