Knee arthroscopy is a type of minor knee surgery where a doctor uses a very small camera, called an arthroscope, in order to diagnose and treat conditions and injuries in the knee.

However, due to the economic situation that many people find themselves in, even such a small procedure is not affordable for many people in the US. This is the reason more and more Americans (and Canadians who are tired of waiting) are flying to Costa Rica, where they can get the procedure right away at an affordable price.

Sometimes, an activity like carrying a heavy load, or playing football or a simple fall can injure a knee. After rest, therapy, and medication have failed to heal it, surgical intervention is the only choice that will reverse pain or inflammation.

The purpose of the surgery is generally to remove injured or dead tissue, to arrange cartilage, to repair ligaments or tendons, or to put tissues back into place including bone, cartilage, or ligaments, depending on the specific situation. In rare cases, it is used to detect and identify a problem that is not showing in tests.

The procedure can be done with local or general anesthesia, depending on your condition and consultation with your surgeon. Since the surgery is minor, a patient can typically go back home a couple of hours after the surgery. However, a person needs to be with you for the first night. Total recovery time will vary from person to person, with the most successful cases being able to take a relatively normal life after a month.

Like with many conditions, untreated knee injuries will typically worsen overtime. Why wait when you can come to Costa Rica for a few days and go back home with the assurance that your health problem has been solved and that your knee can start to heal?

The average cost of a knee arthroscopy surgery in Costa Rica is $5,300 US dollars. Your package will also include:

  • Private transportation (1 airport and 3 hospital round-trip transfers)
  • Hospital Costs (surgery room, equipment, supplies, medications, etc.)
  • Hospitalization if needed (companion can stay at no extra cost)
  • Medical team fees (surgeon, assistant and anesthesiologist)
  • Regular discharge medication
  • Pre-operative exams (blood tests, EKG and an evaluation by an internist)
  • Pre-op and Post-op appointment with lead surgeon

Please keep in mind that these prices do not include the costs incurred in case of medical complications, extended hospital stays, blood transfusions, etc., which although rare, can occur and therefore could increase the final price.


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