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Jennifer Heisler, RN

How Much Does Surgery Cost?

By June 11, 2008

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It's a common question, but the answer is far from common. Why is it so hard to get an answer to "How much does surgery cost"? The answer is this: surgery is complicated.

Surgery costs vary based on many factors including the part of the country where surgery is being performed, the surgeon's fees, the type of surgery, operating room fees, your insurance coverage, the length of time required in the hospital after surgery, potential complications that may or may not happen, outpatient versus inpatient, the type of anesthesia used, and what tests are performed before and after surgery.

If those weren't enough variables, the cost of surgery is important, but it isn't as important as choosing the right surgeon. If surgeon A says the surgery will cost $10,000 and Surgeon B says $15,000, which should you choose? The right answer is to choose the surgeon who is most qualified to perform the surgery, having performed the surgery enough times to be highly competent with great outcomes.

For more information on paying for surgery, with or without insurance, start with How to Pay For Surgery. Find out how to choose a surgeon based on skill instead of fees in How to Find a Surgeon

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