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How Much Do Stitches Cost?

 
average costWith Health Insurance: 10%-50% Coinsurancehigh costWithout Health Insurance: $200-$3,000+
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If a cut will not stop bleeding, or is deep enough that fat or other structures can be seen, stitches might be needed to aid healing and reduce scarring.

Typical costs:

  • Stitches typically are covered by health insurance. For patients covered by health insurance, the out-of-pocket cost typically would include a doctor visit or emergency room copay and possibly coinsurance of 10%-50% for the procedure.
  • For patients without health insurance, stitches typically cost $200-$3,000 or more, depending on the provider, the injury and the complexity of the repair. Urgent care centers, which typically charge a flat rate that includes the doctor fee and materials, fall on the lower end of the spectrum, while emergency rooms, which charge separately for the procedure, facility fee, materials and doctor fees, fall on the higher end.
  • For example, Doctors on Demand[1] , an urgent care group in California, charges $150 for repair of a minor laceration, $200 for a moderate laceration and $250 for a serious laceration. Solantic Baptist Urgent Care[2] in Florida charges $239 for a repair of a laceration that requires stitches or adhesive. Playa Vista Medical Center, an urgent care center in California, charges about $266 with a cash discount for a moderately complex repair of a two-inch laceration. Health Quest Family Medicine in Arizona charges $210 for repair of a laceration up to 3 centimeters, $250 for a laceration of 3-6 centimeters and $310 for a laceration longer than 3 centimeters. Salisbury Urgent Care & Injury Center in Maryland charges about $365 for suturing a complex wound. At Saint Elizabeth Regional Medical Center[3] , laceration repair typically costs $400-$650, depending on complexity, not including doctor fee, which can add hundreds of dollars, or the emergency room fee, which can cost $200-$1,200 or more.
  • According to a recent study[4] done in Washington state, the average emergency room charge for repair of an open wound of a finger was $927; of a hand was $1,063, of a forehead was $1,665 and of a scalp was $1,869. According to the Minnesota Council of Health Plans[5] , a trip to the emergency room for a knife cut to the hand with tendon damage, including the emergency room fee, doctor fee and hospital fee and supplies could total $3,000 or more.
Related articles: Emergency Room Visit, Ambulance, Health Insurance

What should be included:
  • The patient typically receives a local anesthetic, and the doctor assesses the wound to determine what type of closure material to use. If using sutures, the doctor might use a special needle pre-loaded with suture filament, and will place the stitches so as to minimize scarring as the wound heals. Adhesive or staples might be used. MedicineNet.com has an overview[6] of wound closure.
  • If the doctor used dissolvable stitches, they do not need to be removed. However, with standard stitches or staples, the provider will use a special tool to remove them, usually after about five to 10 days.
Additional costs:
  • A Tetanus shot typically costs $30-$70 at an urgent care center or more in an emergency room.
  • In some cases, there is a doctor fee of up to a few hundred dollars to have the stitches or staples removed after the wound has healed. Many urgent care centers and doctors include removal in the original price, but if the stitches were placed in an emergency room it would be necessary to pay another doctor to remove them.
Discounts:
  • Many doctors and hospitals give discounts of up to 30% or more to uninsured/cash-paying patients. For example, Washington Hospital Healthcare System[7] in California offers a 35% discount.
  • The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services offers a locator[8] for clinics that provide discounted care on a sliding scale based on income.
Shopping for stitches:
  • Wounds must be stitched within 12 hours, so it is recommended to go to an emergency room or urgent care center, unless an appointment can be made within that time frame at a family doctor or clinic. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services offers a hospital-comparison tool[9] that lists hospitals near a chosen zip code, how far away they are and whether they offer emergency services. And FindUrgentCare.com offers an urgent care center locator[10] by zip code.
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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My son received 11 disolvable stitches, ibuprofin, and Lidocaine. The care was excellent but > $3000 is insane. Hoping to get the Out of pocket reduced($1160..but we pay over $400 month for health insurance)reduced but because I actually work for a living and do not mooch off of the government I doubt I will get any assistance. Thanks obama!
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Posted by: sunshyn in Colorado Springs, CO.Posted: July 1st, 2013 06:07PM
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Posted by: ripped off in South Florida in Plantation, FL.Posted: June 11th, 2013 06:06AM
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Posted by: a user in Irvine, CA.Posted: May 24th, 2013 12:05PM
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Tray Instrument Pack - $73.75
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ED Level III - Inter (99283) - $683.50

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Posted by: lhb in Glendale, CA.Posted: May 10th, 2013 06:05PM
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Seems to me, the hospital should take its 1350 and call the case closed! I am appealing both hospital (the amount) and doc fees (the amount and the fact that I was even charged).
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Posted by: a user in Sacramento, CA.Posted: February 5th, 2013 11:02AM
Medical Center: UC Davis Med CenterPhysician:
I had 1 stitch put in. I took up space in their precious ER for 1.5 hours.rnLuckily, I have useless Anthem Blue Cross, that entitles me to some discounts that bring the grand total down to: $2913.52. Presumably that is what they would pay if they weren't so useless. However, since I have yet to reach my deductible ($2500, don't even ask me how that works) the hospital has sent the entire bill onto me. rnI'm still contesting this, so who knows... maybe they'll realize how ridiculous they are. They can't charge me for dreaming, can they?
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Posted by: daveaustin in austin, TX.Posted: December 22nd, 2012 07:12AM
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Dell pediatric likes to seriously over charge for services. They spent 15 minutes and used dermabond on a minor head laceration. Dermabond is 125$ for a single ampule. This should have been about 1000$ tops. The physician had shaky hands and skills were not all that impressive. This same treatment is less at johns hopkins and Children's in dallas and they offer superior care.
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Posted by: Socked in the head...twice in Sherman Oaks, CA.Posted: November 26th, 2012 07:11PM
Medical Center: Sherman Oaks HospitalPhysician:
I got a Laceration on my head in a martial arts class, and everyone thought I should go to the ER since I have insurance. Turns out my "insurance" has a $4500 deductible I must cover before any benefits kick in. Anyway less than an hour later I had 7 stitches and was on my way home. Only to receive a $2194.20 bill from the ER and another $757 charge from the doctor. So far no reduction has been offered, but I will keep fighting.
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$500 per stitch
Amount: $2,000.00
Posted by: Frustrated Billing in Tempe, AZ.Posted: October 31st, 2012 06:10AM
Medical Center: St Lukes Tempe ERPhysician: unknown
My stepson had to wait 3 hrs for 4 stitches and we were billed over $1000 from the hospital and about the same from the physician. We are appealing these exhorbitant charges.
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4cm laceration to the forehead, 7 stitches
Amount: $2,578.48
Posted by: Startled in Raleigh, NC.Posted: October 10th, 2012 09:10AM
Medical Center: WakeMed NorthPhysician: Dr. Olly Duckett
Laceration to the forehead. The wound was cleaned with Betadine and irrigated copiously and prepped and draped in a sterile manner. The laceration was closed with 6-0 prolene. The laceration was 4cm in length. Dressing was then applied. Codes 12013 for wound repair costing $457 and 99283 for the Evaluation and Management costing $284.

WakeMed Fees:
99283 ER Level III $1332
90471 Immun Administration $166
Disposable Suture Tray $90
Suture Charge/Per Pack $43
Lidocaine 1% W/EPI 20ml $11.79
Bacitracin Oin UD Pack $1.10
90715 DTAP $193.59

Physician Bill Total: $741, offered 20% quick pay discount. Emergency Room Bill Total: $1837.49, offered 50% quick pay discount. Review: PA was competent and smooth. Total bill seems excessive. Will wait until the morning to get stitches next time. $359.59 total for tetanus shot is aggravating. Less than $100 at Walgreens or CVS. I would pay $500 cash for this procedure without complaint.
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6 stitches on two cuts
Amount: $1,750.00
Posted by: a user in Irvine, CA.Posted: June 11th, 2012 10:06AM
Medical Center: Hoag HospitalPhysician:
Fell from bike and got two cuts near my elbow. Had 6 stitches in total (4+2). The service was okay. They cleaned the wound right away and I had to wait 40 min for the doctor to come and do the stitching which took him around 15min.
I had insurance but still have to pay $500. Since it was my first encounter with emergency rooms in US, I thought I was being ripped off. But now I see that this is typical in US!
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Eight staples and three sutures in leg
Amount: $1,132.61
Posted by: Kanaya M in Davis, CA.Posted: June 1st, 2012 09:06PM
Medical Center: Sutter Davis, CAPhysician:
Two-inch laceration down to the subcutaneous fat on the front of the leg, about a centimetre away from the tibia (shinbone). Waited about two hours in the waiting room (triage after the first hour, then sent back to waiting room). Waited another half-hour after being admitted to the examination room. Received local anaesthaesia with shots, then had sutures and staples. A later visit to the ER to get an infection checked out added $343. After that, I visited a personal provider.
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2 Staples in Son's head
Amount: $2,335.25
Posted by: Seriously overcharged in Austin, TX.Posted: April 16th, 2012 02:04PM
Medical Center: Seton NWPhysician:
We waited in the ER waiting room for about 35 mins. Waited in the patient room for about 20 minutes after nurse asked us a few questions and entered history into computer. The doctor then came in and looked at it for about 2 mins. We then waited another 10 minutes. Doctor then spent less than 5 mins putting in 2 staples. Only other thing he did was clean the wound with a wipe and alcohol.
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I got adhesive and it cost $1500
Amount: $1,500.00
Posted by: a user in Cannon Falla, MN.Posted: January 24th, 2012 09:01AM
Medical Center: Cannon Falls Mayo ClinicPhysician:
I was cut open on my forehead by the scope on a gun. I didnt want to the ER but Im a woman and was worried about scarring. They made me wait in an empty lobby for an hour then in the room for 45min. After that the doctorsaw me for about 15 min. He simply wiped my head with an alcohol wipe and put some adhesive over the wound. I cant believd they want $1500. My insurance paid some but I owe $780. Im trying to fight this. How do I start? Can a lawyer help or are hospitals just able to victimize people?
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ER Visit for 7 stitches in hands
Amount: $3,200.00
Posted by: Alyson B in Foley, AL.Posted: September 12th, 2011 01:09PM
Medical Center: Baldwin Co ERPhysician:
Cut my hands on glass late at night so only option was ER. (Now I wish I just taped it up with electrical tape!) No insurance, paid cash (no discount given) and holy cow, $3000 for 7 stitches! Uneccessary xrays were done on hands.
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