Boston, MA Laparoscopy, Cholecystectomy (Gallbladder Removal) Cost Comparison

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A Laparoscopy, Cholecystectomy (Gallbladder Removal) in Boston costs $8,147 on average when you take the median of the 42 medical providers who perform Laparoscopy, Cholecystectomy (Gallbladder Removal) procedures in Boston, MA. There are 1 different types of Laparoscopy, Cholecystectomy (Gallbladder Removal) provided in Boston, listed below, and the price for each differs based upon your insurance type. As a healthcare consumer you should understand that prices of medical procedures vary and if you shop from the Boston providers below you may be able to save money. Start shopping today and see what you can save!
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Cholecystectomy (Gallbladder - Gallstone Removal Surgery) Cost Average $5,800 - $13,600 Free Quote

Compare Laparoscopic Gallbladder Surgery Providers in Boston, MA

Facility City Type
Boston Out-Patient Surgical Suites Waltham Ambulatory Surgical Center
Newton-Wellesley Hospital Newton Acute Care Hospital
Boston Medical Center Boston Acute Care Hospital
Caritas Saint Elizabeth's Medical Boston Acute Care Hospital
Caritas Norwood Hospital Norwood Acute Care Hospital
Lawrence General Hospital Lawrence Acute Care Hospital
Lowell General Hospital Lowell Acute Care Hospital
Barrington Surgical Care Barrington Ambulatory Surgical Center
Wentworth-douglass Hospital Dover Acute Care Hospital
Northeast Ambulatory Center Stoneham Ambulatory Surgical Center
Metrowest Medical Center - Framingham Union Hospital Framingham Acute Care Hospital
The Cambridge Hospital Cambridge Acute Care Hospital
Salem Surgery Center Salem Ambulatory Surgical Center
Parkland Medical Center Derry Acute Care Hospital
NSMC Union Hospital Lynn Acute Care Hospital
Portsmouth Regional Hospital Portsmouth Acute Care Hospital
Beverly Hospital Beverly Acute Care Hospital
Northeast Surgical Care Newington Ambulatory Surgical Center
Caritas Holy Family Hospital Methuen Acute Care Hospital
Brockton Hospital Brockton Acute Care Hospital
Andover Surgery Center Andover Ambulatory Surgical Center
Nashoba Valley Medical Center Ayer Acute Care Hospital
Lahey Clinic Medical Center Burlington Acute Care Hospital
Caritas Good Samaritan Medical Center Brockton Acute Care Hospital
Exeter Hospital Exeter Acute Care Hospital
Melrose Wakefield Hospital Melrose Acute Care Hospital
Winchester Hospital Winchester Acute Care Hospital
Derry Surgery Center Derry Ambulatory Surgical Center
Emerson Hospital Concord Acute Care Hospital
Mount Auburn Hospital Cambridge Acute Care Hospital
Massachusetts General Hospital Boston Acute Care Hospital
Quincy Medical Center Quincy Acute Care Hospital
Brigham and Women's Hospital Boston Acute Care Hospital
Anna Jaques Hospital Newburyport Acute Care Hospital
South Shore Hospital South Weymouth Acute Care Hospital
New England Ambulatory Surgicenter Cambridge Ambulatory Surgical Center
Saints Medical Center Lowell Acute Care Hospital
Jordan Hospital Plymouth Acute Care Hospital
Frisbie Memorial Hospital Rochester Acute Care Hospital
Eastern Massachusetts Surgery Center Norwood Ambulatory Surgical Center
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Boston Acute Care Hospital
Faulkner Hospital Boston Acute Care Hospital

Gallbladder Removal (Cholecystectomy) Surgery Introduction

A cholecystectomy is the surgical removal of the gallbladder, an organ located just under the liver on the upper right quadrant of the abdomen. It is primarily performed to treat gallstones. The two basic types of this procedure are open cholecystectomy and the laparoscopic approach. The laparoscopic procedure is currently used for approximately 80% of cases. The laparoscopic method uses several small incisions to allow insertion of small thin tubes with video cameras (laparoscopes) and surgical instruments attached to perform the surgery. The open method involves a surgical incision in the abdomen just below the ribs. The laparoscopic method generally produces less postoperative pain, lower chance of hospitalization, a shorter recovery period and better cosmetic results but will not be preferred in cases where the gallbladder is significantly swollen or other complicating factors exist. Important to note is that if the gallbladder is found to be severely inflamed during laparoscopic surgery, the procedure may then be turned into a traditional operation. Your doctor will decide which type of surgery is best for you. Although there are ways to drain the gallbladder and remove the stones, surgery is still the best method. A major drawback to medical therapy is the high recurrence rate of stones in those treated. Medications don't work well for symptomatic gallstones.

Patient Preparation for Gallbladder Removal Surgery (Cholecystectomy)

A physical examination will be performed along with blood or other diagnostic tests. It is particularly important to inform the physician of all medications or vitamins taken regularly or if you are pregnant (or think you might be pregnant) or if you have heart, lung or other medical conditions that may need special attention, and, finally, if you have a history of bleeding disorders or if you are taking any anticoagulant (blood-thinning) medications, aspirin, or other medications that affect blood clotting. You will be given instructions in advance that will outline what you should and should not do in preparation for the surgery; be sure to read and follow those instructions. You will be asked to fast for eight hours before the procedure, generally after midnight. Arrangements may need to be made for transportation after the surgery is complete. If you are given a prescription for pain medication, have it filled prior to surgery.

What to expect during and after a Cholecystectomy

The surgery usually takes less than an hour and can be performed on an outpatient basis. Both methods explained above are generally performed while you are asleep under general anesthesia. An intravenous (IV) line will be inserted in your arm or hand and you heart rate, blood pressure, breathing, and blood oxygen level will be monitored during the surgery. The surgical site will be cleansed with an antiseptic solution, the surgical procedure will be performed and the gallbladder removed. The skin incision(s) will be closed and a sterile bandage/dressing or adhesive strips will be applied.

After surgery, you will be taken to the recovery room for observation. Once your blood pressure, pulse, and breathing are stable and you are alert, you will most often be discharged to your home. Otherwise you will stay in the hospital one or two days. Before being discharged, you will be given instructions about care for your incisions, limits on activities and what you should do to aid your recovery. With a laparoscopic procedure, the patient is advised to gradually resume normal activities over a three-day period. In the case of an open cholecystectomy, you will normally be discharged from the hospital within three to five days, with return to work approximately four to six weeks after the procedure. Your physician may give you additional or alternate instructions, depending on your particular situation. Notify your physician to report any of the following: fever and/or chills; redness, swelling, or bleeding or other drainage from the incision site(s); increased pain around the incision site(s); abdominal pain, cramping, or swelling; pain behind the breastbone.


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