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Appendectomy Cost

How Much Does an Appendectomy Cost?

average costWith Health Insurance: Copay + 10%-50% of Procedure Costhigh costWithout Health Insurance: $10,000-$35,000+
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An appendectomy is an operation to remove the appendix, a small organ connected to the intestine, usually when it becomes infected, swollen and painful. Risks of appendectomy can include reaction to anesthesia, bleeding and infection.

Typical costs:

  • An appendectomy would be covered by health insurance. For patients covered by health insurance, out-of-pocket costs typically consist of a doctor copay, possibly an emergency room copay, prescription drug copays, a hospital copay of $100 or more, and coinsurance of 10% to 50% for the procedure, which could reach the yearly out-of-pocket maximum.
  • For patients not covered by health insurance, an appendectomy typically costs about $10,000-$35,000 or more, depending on the provider, whether the operation is open or laparoscopic, and whether there are complications. For example, at Wright Medical Center[1] in Iowa, an uncomplicated open appendectomy costs about $7,900, including a doctor fee of about $1,600, while a laparoscopic appendectomy costs just under $12,000, including a doctor fee of about $1,600. At Saint Elizabeth Regional Medical Center[2] in Nebraska, an open appendectomy or laparoscopic appendectomy, when there is no abscess, typically costs $9,200-$19,500, not including the doctor fees, which can add several thousand dollars to the final bill. When abscess is present, the costs can range from $15,500 to $30,700 or more. An American College of Surgeons study[3] showed that laparoscopic appendectomy costs about 9%more than conventional surgery for patients with complicated appendicitis with abscess and 22%more for patients with uncomplicated appendicitis without abscess.
  • On[4] , patients discuss their appendectomy costs.
Related articles: Anesthesia, Emergency Room Visit, Health Insurance

What should be included:
  • Because there is no definitive test for appendicitis[5] , the doctor will evaluate symptoms and possibly test white blood cell count to look for infection and/or order an ultrasound or CT scan to make a diagnosis. Appendicitis usually requires emergency surgery because an infected appendix can burst and cause a life-threatening infection of the abdomen.
  • In open surgery, the patient will be placed under general anesthesia, and the surgeon will make a small incision on the right side of the abdomen, remove the appendix and close the incision. In laparoscopic surgery, the surgeon will make a much smaller incision and use surgical tools and a camera, inserted through the incision, to remove the appendix. In some cases, the surgeon will discover during surgery that there is no infection in the appendix; the surgeon might remove the appendix anyway as a preventive measure.
  • If the appendix has burst, the surgeon might need to insert a drainage tube in the abdomen to remove the pus; after a few weeks of drainage, the surgeon can then perform the appendectomy.
  • A hospital stay of one to three days typically is required, and full recovery can take up to six weeks.
  • The National Institutes of Health offers an overview[6] of the appendectomy procedure.
Additional costs:
  • For diagnosis, an ultrasound or CT scan of the abdomen can add up to $1,000 or more to the final bill.
  • The doctor may prescribe oral antibiotics, which can cost up to $150 or more, depending on the regimen.
  • Many doctors and hospitals give discounts of up to 40% or more to uninsured/cash-paying patients. For example, Washington Hospital Healthcare System[7] in California offers a 35% discount.
  • In some cases, where the appendix has not ruptured, it might be possible to manage appendicitis solely with antibiotics. has information on non-surgical appendicitis treatment[8] .
Shopping for an appendectomy:
  • Anyone who has symptoms that could indicate appendicitis -- such as pain, especially in the right lower abdomen, abdominal swelling, fever, nausea, vomiting or constipation -- should get to a doctor or emergency room as quickly as possible.
  • A family physician or emergency room doctor can make a referral to a surgeon. Or, the American Board of Colon and Rectal Surgery offers a locator[9] for board-certified colon and rectal surgeons by city and state.
Material on this page is for informational purposes only and should not be construed as medical advice. Always consult your physician or pharmacist regarding medications or medical procedures.
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Emergency Appendectomy Non-ruptured
Amount: $53,000.00
Posted by: Who can afford this? in Escanaba, MI.Posted: August 25th, 2015 10:08AM
Emergency laparoscopic appendectomy that had not ruptured. $23000 alone was for miscellaneous "supplies". Does not include surgeon fee ($3000) or radiologist, or anesthesiologist ($4000)
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laprascopic appendectomy
Amount: $81,000.00
Posted by: GaryEF in Spring Hill, FL.Posted: August 22nd, 2015 06:08PM
Medical Center: Oak Hill HospitalPhysician:
$81,000 bill before my insurance kicked in and down graded the cost to $17,000. HCA Hospital chain is a huge rip off.
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My Appendectomy was smoothly, i had the best E.R. and the best surgeon. he was soo warm and conforted me alot. even though I was in schock wen I was told that I had appendicitis, and that I was
Amount: $0.00
Posted by: Hilda Rios. in Glendale., CA.Posted: April 19th, 2015 05:04PM
Medical Center: Memorial Hospital.Physician: Jose M. Perez.
I came to e.r.only with stomache, I had it for the last 3 days. but a became concerning when I started to get fiver.well, I thught it was only stomage flu. they the scan etc. when the e.r.Dr. came and told me that I had Appendicitis I was stunt. I was so skeptical.that I wanted to go home. And the Dr. said No! you 're not going home you need surgery.however,the the best. and I thank them for been so professional...
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Laparoscopic apendectormy
Amount: $23,500.00
Posted by: Bad Hospitals in Danbury, CT.Posted: March 14th, 2015 08:03PM
Medical Center: Danbury HospitalPhysician:
Simple surgery without any complication. I was discharged 14 hours after surgery. Aside from my monthly premium, the out of pocket was 3,800. To make matters worse, the hospital lost my coat, sweater and gloves, for which they said are not reimbursable. On top of that, 2 months later there was an article about the hospital's CEO getting almost 2 million dollars in annual bonus. Danbury Hospital is where you go to get robbed.
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Emergency Laparoscopic Appendectomy
Amount: $40,893.00
Posted by: Zackary S. in Nashville, TN.Posted: December 16th, 2014 12:12PM
Medical Center: Summit Medical CenterPhysician:
Great services! Quick diagnoses, quick surgery. 45 minutes of surgery and I stayed for about 12-16 hours. Even with those great services, that doesn't seem like a reasonable price for that amount of stay. It costs more than my 4-year college debt!
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Emergent Lap Appy
Amount: $23,588.35
Posted by: grammy55 in Tucson, AZ.Posted: November 7th, 2014 10:11AM
Medical Center: Tucson Medical CenterPhysician: Michael Probstfeld
to ER 6/14/14 ~10:00 AM, had CT W/C, blood work, urinalysis, dx appendicitis, surgery at 4:30 PM. Discharged 6/15/14, drove self home as had no pain meds, at 2:30 PM - no complications. discharged with antibiotic prescription and post-op FU appointment in 2 weeks - bill contained 70 charges, quite pricey
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laparoscopic apendectormy
Amount: $27,500.00
Posted by: a user in des moines, IA.Posted: July 29th, 2014 09:07AM
admitted first at county hospital (ER) with blood test and CT-scan with dye diagnosed with acute-appendicitis. transferred over to Lutheran hospital and had my surgery with no complications, no allergies and vitals are ok. was discharged 12 hours after the surgery with bill of $24000 and county charges was $3500. Insane charges, If I knew my insurance will not handle it I would had paid my plane ticket back home to my country probably had to pay whole surgery for less than $5000 that includes the back and forth plane ticket.
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Amount: $38,000.00
Posted by: karen love in vallejo, CA.Posted: July 18th, 2014 01:07PM
Medical Center: sutter solanoPhysician:
my "share" $3000. I am disputing and people need to start doing so
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Uncomplicated laparoscopic appy
Amount: $26,500.00
Posted by: Retired RN in Kalispell, MT.Posted: August 27th, 2013 12:08PM
Medical Center: Kalispell Regional Medical CenterPhysician:
~$2500 paid for two pathology reports/surgeon/labs, etc. The hospital bill was for the OR and 1 night in the hospital...pure, unadulterated greed. The country cannot last long when theft like this is done openly.
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Amount: $38.35
Posted by: so why do I have insurance? in Lakeport, CA.Posted: December 16th, 2012 08:12PM
Medical Center: Sutter Lakeside, Lakeport, CAPhysician: Dr. Keith Donald
Appendectomy with no complications for 10yo boy. Hospital stay from Fri (2pm-midnight er) Sat 3am-Sun 1pm med surg unit. My portion almost $10k!
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