Search thousands of topics on CostHelper.com

BROWSE ALL TOPICS >> appliances babies & children  cars  consumer electronics health & personal care home & garden personal finance  pets  schools small business weddings
CostHelper > Health & Personal Care  > General Surgery & Neurosurgery > Appendectomy

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+
post E-mail post Post   Comments (4)

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 eHealthForum.com[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.
Discounts:
  • 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. MedicineNet.com 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.
 
post E-mail post Post   Comments (4)
CostHelper News


Forgotten Expenses In a Home Addition Budget
Items like construction costs, permit fees or debris removal aren't the only expenses to consider when calculating the total costs of a home remodeling project. || Posted August 5 2013


7 Ways to Stretch Your Reduced Food Budget
End of the year budgets are tight for everyone, especially in this economy.It's especially hard for the millions of Americans who depend on government programs like food stamps to help make ends meet. || Posted November 11 2013

‣ All CostHelper Blog Posts


What People Are Paying - Recent Comments
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.
Was this post helpful to you?   yes     no Report prohibited or spam
appendectomy
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
Was this post helpful to you?   yes     no Report prohibited or spam
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.
Was this post helpful to you?   yes     no Report prohibited or spam
Uncomplicated
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!
Was this post helpful to you?   yes     no Report prohibited or spam


 

Comment On Your Experience With an Appendectomy
 
Subject:  *
Amount Spent:  *
Medical Center: Physician: 
Comments: 
Purchased:  Year: 
City:  * State:  *
 
Information about you:
Email:  * Email addresses are not displayed.
Name:  This is the name we'll display with your post.
me on this computer
*=required field.
 



External Resources:
  1.  www.iowaspecialtyhospital.com/index.php?option=com_costestimator&Itemid=189
  2.  tp.chi.acelogicus.net/nese/Default.aspx
  3.  www.facs.org/news/jacs/treatingappendicitis0209.html
  4.  ehealthforum.com/health/topic8529.html
  5.  digestive.niddk.nih.gov/ddiseases/pubs/appendicitis/
  6.  www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/002921.htm
  7.  www.whhs.com/about/washington-hospital-discount-policy-for-uninsured/
  8.  www.medicinenet.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=86652
  9.  www.abcrs.org/cgi-bin/search.pl
More Health & Personal Care Topics
Check Out All Costs for Health & Personal Care How Much Do Body Piercings Cost? How Much Does a Heart Stent Cost? How Much Does a Tummy Tuck Cost?

Search Thousands of Topics on CostHelper.com




Today's Featured Cost Articles

About CostHelper
CostHelper is based in Silicon Valley and provides consumers with unbiased price information about thousands of goods and services. Our writers are experienced journalists who adhere to our strict editorial ethics policy.

CostHelper Community
simple re-keying turned into outrageous replacements
Paid: 1100.00
I wanted locks rekeyed for a purchased home. I found a locksmith who runs his own business and is a one man team. $40 fee, $25 each lock for labor, and parts. Fair enough. I told him I wanted 3 locks rekeyed and one broken lock replaced... [more]
-expensive lesson
Door Lock Cost
Braces 12 yr old son
Paid: 5100.00
Insurance will pay 2000. Try not to deal with a office accepting Horizon NJ Health /Medicaid. Your child may end up waiting over 30 minutes over the scheduled appointment because Medicaid pts. need to be seen first... [more]
-LavenderBlue
Braces Cost
Child 2 surface Cavity Fill
Paid: 170.00
My dentist charges $170 for a 2-surface filling on an elementary aged child. Total bill for 9 cavities and 6 sealants is $1900... [more]
-
Cavity Filling Cost
Shingles Vaccine
Paid: 162.50
Presented at Dr. Office with mild shingles diagnosis. Was given vaccine to treat possible post shingles neuralgia. Poster in exam room showed CDC FDA protocol guidelines changed from age 60 to age 50... [more]
-Flyngator
Shingles Vaccine Cost
Air duct and furnace cleaning
Paid: 320.00
Found a deal on groupon for $59, for duct cleaning. Two guys came out a week later. They cleaned all the vents then stuck a vacuum in the main vent, they said, and let the machine go to work... [more]
-Torro
Duct Cleaning Cost
timing chain replacement
Paid: 2000.00
2001 F150 timing chain, I'm getting quoted a grand more everyone on this site, why is that?... [more]
-Chris Clingshoff
Replacing a Timing Chain Cost