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