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Stitches Cost

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.
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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. 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.
  • 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 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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ER'S Popping up
Amount: $2,321.25
Posted by: Upset & pissed in Longview, TX.Posted: April 9th, 2017 10:04AM
Medical Center: EXCEL ERPhysician: ??
Needed 8-10 stitches on bottom of foot for last 3 toes. 1st off my so called work provided insurance didn't cover anything due to high deductible even with this bill didn't meet deductible for the year. Received 2 bills facility & professional, charges Level IV E&M (facility)$1452.00 (prof)$752.40, Simple repair scalp/necessary (facility)$484.48 (prof) 348.48, Radex foot come min (facility)612.26 (prof) 257.40 and tdap vaccine 168.11 THIS IS LEGAL THEFT in my opinion especially since payment for both are paid to same place, and I know that they didn't pay the person admitting me $752 for her 15 minutes of work. Total bills of 2321.05 after insurance adjustments for 30 minutes of work is INSANITY and government/medical professuonals wonders why we don't have insurance or don't pay bills!!!! COMPLETELY PISSED OFF!!!!
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5 stiches to shin
Amount: $1,739.00
Posted by: Sierra Grass in Orange, CA.Posted: March 31st, 2017 07:03AM
Medical Center: UC Irvine Medical CenterPhysician: On call ER DR
2 hours in the waiting room. Another 2 hours once we were put in a room. Another hour for them to train someone how to do the 5 stiches to my sons leg. After finishing the 2 nurses argued if they were the correct kind of stitches. If they would dissolve or not .. They never told me . Of course they don't dissolve so we will have to have them removed. Another charge there.
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2 stitches in pinkie
Amount: $2,066.00
Posted by: rthurb in wadsworth, OH.Posted: March 26th, 2017 11:03AM
Medical Center: summaPhysician:
Cut my pinkie on a broken glass and drove myself to e.r. (first mistake). Nobody at desk so i had to ring buzzer 3 times before a slack jawed security guard peeked around the corner. The Dr. wanted to do an x-ray( which she admitted was unnecessary). Had 5 different nurses at one point all within about 45minutes. 2000.00 for two stitches? After reading most of these I think they just charge what they think they can get from insurance(I dont have any.)
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ER visit, 11 staples, two gashes on head
Amount: $3,176.00
Posted by: Lawhorn, J. in Ocala, FL.Posted: February 4th, 2017 08:02PM
Medical Center: Ocala RegionalPhysician:
Had a glass bottle shattered over my head. Received ambulance ride to ER, received 8 staples upon arrival, and 3 more an hour later. Doctor scheduled a CT Scan, I denied CT Scan. Bill for hospital ER was $2073, bill from Doctor was $1103. I saw the Doctor twice, once when he visited me when I arrived, and once when I signed the waiver for not getting the CT Scan. $1103 for less than 3 minutes of conversation, (the doctor didn't even administer the stitches) no topical ointments, no analgesics and no anesthetics. Was conscious during entire treatment. Likewise, was supposed to be taken to a Veteran Affairs local hospital instead of Ocala Regional.
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5-6 stitched in the Head
Amount: $1,600.00
Posted by: JMF in Hartford, CT.Posted: January 12th, 2017 11:01AM
Medical Center: Connecticut childrens medical centerPhysician: DR kristin i welsch
The insurance company UHC only approved around $900, it part of the Game and its between the hospital and the Insurance company.
The insurance paid less than $600 and I have to pay $315. No sane mind will understand this game of poker. I am unhappy mostly because in the Emergenecy Room I had to wait for 4+ hours before the doctor could come and stich my 3 year old's skin . And this is what they call emergency service.
I wish no one( kids adults) has to ever go to the emergency room . Sugestion to all is Please play safe and avoid blood,pain and the terror of seeing kids in blood.
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ER visit for glue on laceration
Amount: $3,500.00
Posted by: Katy J Albritton in Harlingen, TX.Posted: January 7th, 2017 07:01PM
Medical Center: Neighborhood Family ERPhysician:
Had to pay my entire deductible of 1100 plus several hundred more for coinsurance for glue to be placed on about a 2 cm lacreation for mthe 2 year old son. This is beyond ridiculous and we were there for less than 30 min. I mean come on, this should be illegal.
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2cm puncture wound in calf
Amount: $1,100.00
Posted by: Oops in Newport Beach, CA.Posted: September 21st, 2016 09:09AM
Medical Center: Hoag Hospital, NB, CAPhysician: NP
Managed to get a 2cm puncture wound in my calf. It took a couple of hours to get 3 stitches. The wound got infected and opened up again 2 weeks later. (so I ended up with a couple of urgent care visits too). From the ER visit my insurance was originally billed $2000, but the insurance discount brought it down to $1100. I had a $150 ER copay and insurance did the rest. Seeing what others have been charged, I guess this was more reasonable than I had previously thought. However, the stitches were not done very well, so will just go to urgent care next time.
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ER 20 min.
Amount: $2,000.00
Posted by: Larry Manchel in Ojai, CA.Posted: August 26th, 2016 11:08PM
Medical Center: Ojai Medical CenterPhysician: Who knows
2 stiches in right thump. 1 inch cut. Hospital $1,100, the Dr. on call less than 5 minutes $880. I'll do it next time.
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Finger suture
Amount: $298.50
Posted by: a user in Newport News, Denbigh Blvd, VA.Posted: August 11th, 2015 05:08PM
Medical Center: Patient FirstPhysician: Matthew T Claus / Windle A. Day
Had a mild finger cut (not very deep about 1.5 inches), 5 or 6 stitches applied. First the bill was said to be around $780, about 10 days later it was recalculated to become $415 as seen on my insurer's website (why I didn't ask) of which I only had to pay 280.24 because the insurer has some type of a discount agreement. I then also received a bill from Patient First in the amount of $18.24. To my question why they could not include this into the bill they sent to my insurance they answered "because my deductible was not meant" which makes no sense to me. Overall the total price at the end was adequate but I find the multiple cost adjustments rather weird.
Haven't tried them but alternative urgent care facilities like "MD Express" or "In & Out Medical Center" in the area may be a better alternative in terms of the cost consistency.
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4 dissolvable deep sutures + 6 skin sutures + tdap booster shot
Amount: $395.00
Posted by: Brandon L in Carrollton, TX.Posted: March 28th, 2015 07:03PM
Medical Center: CarenowPhysician:
I cut the base of thumb working on some wood. The cut was deep, exposed the muscle 1.75 inches long. They numbed the wound, and put in 4 deep dissolvable sutures and 6 skin sutures and tdap shot. Cost 395 ith discount plan of 18 / month and i can cancel after first month. Excellent service highly recommend. Purchase date March 2015 but the don't have an option for 2015. Purchase includes follow up appointment tomorrow.
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4 Stitches on shin at urgent care
Amount: $400.00
Posted by: elicious in denver, CO.Posted: October 21st, 2014 01:10PM
Medical Center: Concentra Urgent CarePhysician: Physicians Assistant
At night I fell 2-3 feet down a ravine and my shin landed on a rock. We cleaned up the nasty gash and I went to concentra the next day and got 4 stitches. I thought 400.00 was high until reading the other comments! If your employer offers off the job accident insurance get it! They are paying for it and I think it costs me about $2.00 a week
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stitches inside lip
Amount: $3,005.47
Posted by: brokemomma in Lynchburg, VA.Posted: August 24th, 2014 12:08PM
Medical Center: Lynchburg General HospitalPhysician: Er Dr
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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Stitches Westside Regional Planntation
Amount: $2,500.00
Posted by: AndreG in Plantation, FL.Posted: August 3rd, 2014 05:08PM
Medical Center: Westside Regional HospitalPhysician:
Cut my hand last Easter, needed four stitches....2,500 of which the inssurance company paid 2050. The 450 MD fee was because he did not accept BC/BS, in an ER no less, Ask questions or get ripped off. Dont go there.
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car wrecl
Amount: $19,000.00
Posted by: mad about too high lien in austin, TX.Posted: July 15th, 2014 01:07PM
Medical Center: brackenridge hospitalPhysician:
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3 Stitches in Hand
Amount: $3,271.34
Posted by: Pattidee in Monroe, GA.Posted: July 8th, 2014 06:07AM
Medical Center: Clearview MedicalPhysician: NP
Avulsion in left index finger from scissor cut. Arterial pulsing that would not stop. I was in and out in about an hour. The nurse practicioner placed 3 stitches (no doctor was ever seen). That is a grand a stitch folks!
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LOVE my dr.
Amount: $100.00
Posted by: RP727 in largo, FL.Posted: April 30th, 2014 10:04AM
Medical Center: minor emergency walkin clinicPhysician: Dr. G. Joseph Fitzgerald
Yesterday evening(Approx 8pm est) I was out fishing in a local spot on the flats, wading & have NEVER needed foot protection before. Wound up stepping on something causing an approx 1/8th to 1/4th inch laceration right underneathish my pinky toe. Didnt know how deep it was until i got back to shore and man, whatever i stepped on got me good. Luckily someone had a first aid kit in their vehicle & a bottle of fresh water to clean all the sand/mud off. Called my dr's office first thing today, explained what the wound looked like/ how it occured & they opened up a spot for me immediately. As soon as i stepped foot into the office, i was rushed back to their minor surgical area. I mustof been in & out within 15-20 minutes total. Fully cleaned, disinfected, 2-3 hits of lidocaine, 2 sutures & fully dressed. All for a WHOPPING TOTAL of 100 bucks. Mind you, its 85.00 to even see him before you're examined. Taking that into consideration, I paid 15 bucks to have my foot fixed up. Im beyond happy
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ER Visit for 15 stitches
Amount: $41,500.00
Posted by: L Hewitt in Leesburg, VA.Posted: November 13th, 2013 09:11AM
Medical Center: Loudoun Hospital CenterPhysician: Dr. Nukta
My son had a fish hook stuck in his hand. Went to the ER at Loudoun Hospital - they cut the hook and a piece went into his hand - the hand specialist/plastic surgeon sent a bill for $41,500 - I told them this was ridiculous - their office is telling me this is usual and customary - which is insane. This is ON TOP OF THE OTHER CHARGES FROM THE HOSPITAL. Stupid part is the insurance paid their 80% of this bill w/out question.
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4 stitches on knuckle-Prove it\'s not pre-existing!
Amount: $3,200.00
Posted by: sunshyn in Colorado Springs, CO.Posted: July 1st, 2013 06:07PM
Medical Center: First Choice ERPhysician:
I got cut on my knuckle and it was immediately clear that it would need stitches because of the placement on my hand. It would reopen with every finger movement. I wanted to go to an urgent care clinic but it was Sunday night so I had no choice but the ER. We have 2 traditional hospitals in town but a new place has recently opened that is a 24 hour full service ER. I have to say the care was quick as I was the only one there. I think every doctor and nurse in the building came to check out my cut because they were bored. Now after getting the bill I wonder if they charged more for each person that entered the room. I didn't expect it to be cheap but I thought not cheap would be somewhere in the 800-1200 dollar range, certainly not 3200!! I have a high deductible health plan and that will knock 600 off of the 2250 billed for the facility. But, before they will pay anything on the 950 fee for the doctor I have to fill out paperwork that says it wasn't a pre-existing condition.
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7 stitches on finger laceration
Amount: $2,135.80
Posted by: ripped off in South Florida in Plantation, FL.Posted: June 11th, 2013 06:06AM
Medical Center: Westside RegionalPhysician: David Wilson
Fingertip laceration. Was Charged $1047 to walk in to the ER...called a level 4 visit. Doctor and nurse kept coming and going; would be in the room for 2 minutes, then gone for 30, so the visit took forever. Every time the doctor would get started with us, he would get a phone call and need to leave. I am a veterinarian, and am experienced in all types of crazy laceration repair. This doctor put non-sterile blue nitrile gloves on to suture the wound, was slow as molasses, had to remove sutures after he put them in because they did not appose the wound, and his repair looked mediocre at best. The nurse then put a gauze bandage the size of my fist on the finger (no way that was going to stay on) and gave us prescriptions for antibiotics and pain meds to fill elsewhere. Only injections were a tetanus shot for $100 and Lidocaine $400. On the bill were other charges for drug administration that we never got... another $300
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4 stiches on finger
Amount: $931.90
Posted by: a user in Irvine, CA.Posted: May 24th, 2013 12:05PM
Medical Center: Hoag HospitalPhysician: nurse practitioner
Tray Instrument Pack - $73.75
Lac Repair to 2.5.7 - $174.65
ED Level III - Inter (99283) - $683.50

This cost for a 30 minute visit is a bit ridiculous. I called in and the billing lady said $683.50 is the customary price for stepping foot in the emergency room. I can wrap my head around being over charged for the work on the stitches and materials, but a $683.15 charge for stepping in is way too much.
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