Search thousands of topics on CostHelper

BROWSE ALL TOPICS >> babies & children  cars  consumer electronics health & personal care home & garden personal finance  pets  schools small business sports weddings
CostHelper > Health & Personal Care  > Reproductive Health > Laparoscopy

Laparoscopy Cost


How Much Does Laparoscopy Cost?

 
low costWith Insurance Coverage: Copayments and Coinsuranceaverage costWithout Insurance Coverage: Typically $1,700-$5,000

Laparoscopy can be used as both a diagnostic and corrective procedure for female infertility, especially that caused by endometriosis or scar tissue or cysts. However, because of its invasive nature and advances in IVF success rates, it is used less commonly now than in the past.

Typical costs:

  • Laparoscopy typically costs between $1,700 and $5,000, depending on the doctor and whether is it just diagnostic or used to treat a condition. Laparoscopy can treat endometriosis, ovarian cysts, scar tissue or blocked or damaged fallopian tubes.
  • In general, health insurance will cover laparoscopy because it is a diagnostic test and also is used to treat health problems, such as endometriosis, that can affect the patient's overall health. However, it is important to check with the insurer.
  • Some states have laws that mandate insurance coverage of infertility treatment, with some restrictions. The American Society for Reproductive Medicine lists states that require coverage.
  • FertilityLifeLines.com, run by an affiliate of Merck Serono, offers advice on navigating insurance benefits and a toll-free phone number 1-866-LETS-TRY, that offers help figuring out what your plan covers. The American Fertility Association[1] has a list of questions to ask your insurer.
  • For patients covered by insurance, out-of-pocket costs can reach hundreds or even several thousand dollars, including copays for doctor visits or a percentage of the procedure; some plans cover only between 50 and 80 percent.
Related articles: IVF, Fertility Drugs, Surrogacy, Artificial Insemination

What should be included:
  • The doctor makes a small incision in the abdomen and inserts a telescope-like instrument to view the uterus, fallopian tubes and ovaries. If scar tissue or other defects are found, they often can be corrected during the diagnostic surgery by attaching surgical instruments to the scope.
  • The Advanced Fertility Center of Chicago[2] has an overview of laparoscopic surgery.
Additional costs:
  • The doctor might prescribe pain medication to ease recovery.
  • Laparoscopy performed in a hospital typically costs 25 percent more.
Discounts:
  • Some clinics offer cash discounts to patients paying out-of-pocket for fertility diagnostics and treatment.
Shopping for laparoscopy:
  • The doctor you choose should be board-certified by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists[3] and should have training and experience performing laparoscopy.
  • The American Society for Reproductive Medicine offers a doctor locator.
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 Post   Comments (1)  
CostHelper News


7 Lesser-Known Discounts for the 50+ Crowd
As they age, members of the Baby Boomer generation don't like to admit that they're senior citizens, but they love getting discounts. It's kind of a quandary, because some of the best deals available are reduced prices for older folks. || Posted October 21 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
Robotic laparoscopy and cystectomy
Amount: $2,170.59
Posted by: Karen4444 in Baltimore, MD.Posted: June 29th, 2010 02:06PM
With or Without Insurance: WithInsurer:: Carefirst Blue Cross Blue Shield
Policy/Plan:: 80% coveredDoctor or Clinic: Morozov/Baltimore Washington Medical
I was covered at 80% for these procedures. My doctor removed two cysts (one endometrioma) from my ovaries and separated them as he found my ovaries were attached, called kissing ovaries. My coinsurance due for Anesthesia/pain management was $179.66, for my doctor was $111.17, and for hospital services was $1,879.76. What I don't get is why my insurance only discounted the hospital charges 1.6%, paying out $7,519.03 while they greatly reduced my doctor's charges.
Was this post helpful to you?   yes     no Report prohibited or spam


 

Comment On Your Experience With Laparoscopy
 
Subject:  *
Amount Spent:  *
With or Without Insurance: Insurer:: 
Policy/Plan:: Doctor or Clinic: 
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.theafa.org/conceive/amicovered.html/
  2.  www.advancedfertility.com/laparoscopy.htm
  3.  www.acog.org/About_ACOG/Find_an_Ob-Gyn
More Health & Personal Care Topics
Check Out All Costs for Health & Personal Care How Much Does an X-Ray Cost? How Much Do Body Piercings Cost? How Much Does a Heart Stent 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
Didn't hurt the pocketbook
Paid: 43.00
I called my dentist because my tooth had been hurting for a week and a half. I couldn't eat or sleep. It was horrible. They got me in the next day. The dental surgeon and staff took x-rays, verified that it indeed needed to come out... [more]
-Anxious in Augusta
Tooth Extraction Cost
Current cost of skirting job 2022
Paid: 2356.00
Purchased material @ mobile home supply store Front/back top trim & ground track 17 each [email protected]$9= $459. 48 [email protected]$17= $816. [email protected]$40 [email protected] $20 tax $121. Total material $1456. 3 guys total $75 hour labor at 12 hours $900 labor... [more]
-Fayard siding
Mobile Home Skirting Cost
Alatel joy tab2
Paid: 108.00
Cracked screen... [more]
-Shawn P Speers
Tablet Repair Cost
Replace 2baths, laundry, and kitchen to the street
Paid: 20000.00
Numerous breaks in 90 year old cast iron and also in the clay pipe. replaced with 4" schedule 40 ABS to the curb and then liner in the clay pipe to the city sewer... [more]
-Steve in 2022
Sewer Line Replacement Cost
Full mouth -Is this estimate too much?
Paid: 16945.00
Extract buttom front teeth, replace with single implant for both teeth. Root canals and crowns needed for 3 molars, fillings needed on 11 teeth. Deep cleaning with 4 spots of Arestin and fluoride treatment. All under IV sedation... [more]
-Shanmarspag
Dental Work Cost
Lockout at front door
Paid: 175.00
I was quoted $29 for a service call. The techniciandidn't give me a price but went ahead with the repair. It took about 10 minutes. Then he told me the charge was because the owner of the business gets most of the money I paid... [more]
-Carla Axelrod
Locksmith Cost