Hernia Repair Surgery Cost and Hernia Repair Surgery Procedures Information

What is laparoscopic hernia repair surgery?

Hernias occur when an organ, fatty tissue or intestine push through a weak spot in the surrounding muscle or tissue. This results in a sac forming in the abdominal wall. Sometimes hernias are visible as bulges under the skin.

Hernias are caused by a combination of pressure and weakness. The pressure pushes an organ or tissue through a weak spot in the surrounding muscle or tissue. Sometimes the muscle weakness is present at birth, but it usually occurs later in life. Anything that causes increased pressure on the abdomen can trigger a hernia. A family history, obesity, poor nutrition, and smoking can also contribute to hernias. Men over the age of 50 are more likely than women to develop hernias.

During a laparoscopic hernia repair surgery, your surgeon will inflate your abdomen with carbon dioxide, a harmless gas that allows them to see your organs better. They will then insert a thin tube with a tiny camera and light on the end, called a laparoscope, and use the images to guide the repair. Your surgeon locates the hernia sac, makes a few incisions, pushes the sac back into position or removes it, reinforces the muscle wall with stitches or mesh, and closes the incisions. The surgery takes around ninety minutes. After surgery, you will be in the recovery room for about three hours. You will not be able to drive that day, so be sure to have a family member or friend with you.

Laparoscopic hernia repair surgeries are performed by general surgeons. During surgery, patients are either under general anesthesia or local anesthesia and won’t feel any pain. This is usually an outpatient surgery. Recovery takes a few days, though strenuous activity is usually prohibited for up to five weeks after surgery.

How much does laparoscopic hernia repair surgery cost?

The average cost for laparoscopic hernia repair surgery in the United States is $7,750, though prices can range from $3,900 to $12,500.

One factor that can greatly affect the cost of laparoscopic hernia repair surgery is whether you have the procedure performed in an inpatient facility, like a hospital, or an outpatient surgery center.

Outpatient centers are just as safe as hospitals but could save you thousands on your medical bill.

Based on our data, the target fair price for laparoscopic hernia repair surgery is $5,500, whether you have health insurance or not.

  • National Average: $7,750
  • National Range: $3,900 - $12,500+
  • Outpatient Facility Average: $6,400
  • Inpatient Facility Average: $11,500
  • Target Fair Price: $5,500

Below, you’ll learn what factors into the cost of a laparoscopic hernia repair surgery, as well as how to find a fair price for your surgery.

Hernia Repair Surgery Cost Averages Around the Country

Price Range
Miami, FL Hernia Repair Surgery Cost Average $4,700 - $11,100
Los Angeles, CA Hernia Repair Surgery Cost Average $6,600 - $15,700
New York, NY Hernia Repair Surgery Cost Average $5,400 - $12,900
Atlanta, GA Hernia Repair Surgery Cost Average $4,700 - $11,100
Houston, TX Hernia Repair Surgery Cost Average $4,700 - $11,000
Philadelphia, PA Hernia Repair Surgery Cost Average $5,200 - $12,300
Phoenix, AZ Hernia Repair Surgery Cost Average $5,500 - $13,000
Washington, DC Hernia Repair Surgery Cost Average $5,200 - $12,400
Dallas, TX Hernia Repair Surgery Cost Average $4,400 - $10,500
Chicago, IL Hernia Repair Surgery Cost Average $4,700 - $11,200

Specific Hernia Repair Surgery Procedures and National Cost Averages

Price Range
Laparoscopic Hernia Repair Surgery - Groin or Abdomen Cost Average $5,800 - $13,700
Open Hernia Repair Surgery - Groin or Abdomen Cost Average $5,200 - $12,300
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Featured Facilities that Perform Hernia Repair Surgery

Name Location Price Range
Cleveland Ambulatory Services Shelby , NC $3,700 - $13,600
Morton General Hospital Morton , WA $14,800 - $50,800
Bi-city Surgical Centre Columbus , GA $3,300 - $12,100
Mercy Surgery Center Springfield , OH $3,700 - $13,800
Mid-michigan Surgery and Endoscopy Center Flint , MI $3,800 - $14,200
Endoscopy and Surgery Center at Woodbridge Hills Portage , MI $3,800 - $14,200
Cabell Huntington Surgery Center Huntington , WV $3,200 - $11,800
Surgery Center of Okeechobee Okeechobee , FL $3,600 - $13,400
Surgery Center of St. Joseph Saint Joseph , MO $3,400 - $12,600
W. W. Hastings Indian Hospital Tahlequah , OK $12,500 - $39,800
Ambulatory Surgery Center of Spartanburg Spartanburg , SC $3,700 - $13,700
Statesboro Ambul Surg Ctr Statesboro , GA $3,300 - $12,100
Decatur Healthcare Decatur , IL $3,600 - $13,200
Meritcare Same Day Surgery - Bemidji Bemidji , MN $3,900 - $14,400
North Dakota Surgery Center Grand Forks , ND $3,100 - $11,400
Rocky Mountain Surgery Center Pocatello , ID $3,400 - $12,600
Richmond Memorial Hospital Rockingham , NC $6,800 - $21,100
Summit Surgery Center Butte , MT $3,600 - $13,300
Victoria Surgery Center Victoria , TX $3,400 - $12,600
Century Same Day Surgery Latham , NY $3,500 - $13,100
Loveland Surgery Center Loveland , CO $4,100 - $15,400
Avera Queen of Peace Hospital Mitchell , SD $5,600 - $17,500
Surgical Center of York York , PA $3,600 - $13,300
Manitowoc Surgery Center Manitowoc , WI $4,100 - $15,300
Millard Fillmore Surgery Center Williamsville , NY $3,500 - $13,100
Van Wert County Hospital Van Wert , OH $3,500 - $10,900
Surgery Center of Western Michigan Holland , MI $3,800 - $14,200
Schneck Medical Center Seymour , IN $18,900 - $59,200
High Desert Surgery Center Kennewick , WA $4,400 - $16,200
Beckley Surgery Center Beckley , WV $3,200 - $11,800

More about Hernia Repair Surgery Procedures

Which factors affect how much laparoscopic hernia repair surgery costs?

Many things can affect the cost of healthcare, regardless of which type of procedure you’re getting. Generally, there are three factors that cause healthcare costs to vary:

  • Facility setting — Where you have your medical procedure done affects the cost. Having a laparoscopic hernia repair surgery done in a hospital as an inpatient costs far more than having the same procedure done in an outpatient center. Since inpatient facilities tend to cost more to run, patients end up paying more for care.
  • Insured or uninsured — The price of laparoscopic hernia repair surgery can vary between insurance providers. The change in price largely depends on how much of the procedure your insurance plan covers, if any at all. If you don’t have health insurance, you can expect to pay for the full cost of your hernia repair surgery out-of-pocket.
  • Location — The region, state, and even city you live in can affect the cost of your hernia repair surgery. If you live in a rural area with fewer facilities to choose from, you can expect to pay more than you would if you lived in a city with many providers.Traveling for a medical procedure can be a great money-saving option.

Inpatient vs. outpatient facility cost differences

The cost of laparoscopic hernia repair surgery will vary greatly between inpatient and outpatient facilities. The national average cost for a laparoscopic hernia repair surgery at inpatient facilities is $11,500, while the same procedure at outpatient facilities averaged $6,400.

Insured vs. uninsured cost differences

Insured patients have historically paid less than uninsured patients for laparoscopic hernia repair surgery, especially when they stay in-network. The average laparoscopic hernia repair surgery cost for a patient who is uninsured is $8,950 while the average cost for an insured patient is $7,550.

In-network vs. out-of-network cost differences

In-network costs only relate to patients who have health insurance. In-network providers will almost always be cheaper than out-of-network providers.

Payment responsibility

Nearly everyone who has laparoscopic hernia repair surgery will have to pay some of the cost out-of-pocket. Uninsured patients will be responsible for the total cost of their hernia repair.

Patients who do have health insurance will be responsible for paying their deductible, copay, and coinsurance amounts. The amount of each of these costs depends on your health plan.

What affects the cost of laparoscopic hernia repair surgery?

  • Prescriptions — A physician may prescribe painkillers or antibiotics post-procedure. To avoid high prescription prices, make sure the prescriptions you receive are covered by your insurance policy. You can also ask if there is a generic version of the same medicine, which can help lower the cost of your hernia repair surgery.
  • Additional office visits — In some cases, you may be charged a separate fee for an initial consultation with the surgeon before the surgery. Ask if these visits are included in the total cost of your hernia repair surgery.

Are there alternatives to laparoscopic hernia repair surgery?

Surgery is the only way to repair a hernia. If you don’t think you need a hernia repair surgery, you can seek a second opinion. The alternative to laparoscopic hernia repair surgery is open hernia surgery, which is generally done when the hernia is smaller.

Your laparoscopic hernia repair surgery checklist

  1. Review the total cost of your hernia repair surgery with your surgeon. Ask them to explain what each cost is for and keep a record. If you get a medical bill that’s higher than you expected, this information will come in handy.
  2. Ask your surgeon if they can perform the procedure in an outpatient setting.
  3. Check that all providers are in-network. Sometimes a provider who treats you will be out-of-network (this often happens with anesthesiologists). You can avoid this by asking your surgeon whether all of the providers who will treat you are in-network for your insurance.
  4. Ask what the typical cost is if the surgeon finds other areas that need to be repaired during your procedure.

Finding a fair price for your laparoscopic hernia repair surgery

Laparoscopic hernia repair surgery costs, on average, $7,750. If you can’t afford your open hernia repair surgery, New Choice Health’s Hernia Assistance Program may be able to help. Patient Assist offers uninsured patients affordable cash pay discounts and special financing options. Learn more about how Patient Assist can help you afford your hernia repair surgery.

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