St. Louis, MO Laparoscopy, Cholecystectomy (Gallbladder Removal) Cost Comparison

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A Laparoscopy, Cholecystectomy (Gallbladder Removal) in St. Louis costs $6,554 on average when you take the median of the 57 medical providers who perform Laparoscopy, Cholecystectomy (Gallbladder Removal) procedures in St. Louis, MO. There are 1 different types of Laparoscopy, Cholecystectomy (Gallbladder Removal) provided in St. Louis, 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 St. Louis 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 $4,600 - $11,000 Free Quote

Compare Laparoscopic Gallbladder Surgery Providers in St. Louis, MO

Facility City Type
Lincoln County Medical Center Troy Critical Access (Rural) Hospital
Jefferson Memorial Surgery Center Festus Ambulatory Surgical Center
Old Tesson Surgery Center Saint Louis Ambulatory Surgical Center
Bel Clair Surgical Center Belleville Ambulatory Surgical Center
Christian Hospital Saint Louis Acute Care Hospital
Alton Surgical Facility Alton Ambulatory Surgical Center
Saint Joseph's Hospital Highland Critical Access (Rural) Hospital
Alton Memorial Hospital Alton Acute Care Hospital
Carlinville Area Hospital Carlinville Critical Access (Rural) Hospital
Belleville Surgical Center Belleville Ambulatory Surgical Center
Riverside Ambulatory Surgery Center Florissant Ambulatory Surgical Center
Mid Rivers Ambulatory Surgery Center Saint Peters Ambulatory Surgical Center
Saint Elizabeth's Hospital Belleville Acute Care Hospital
South County Outpatient Surgery Center Saint Louis Ambulatory Surgical Center
Saint Joseph's Hospital Breese Acute Care Hospital
Highland Ambulatory Surgical Center Highland Ambulatory Surgical Center
Olive Ambulatory Surgery Center Saint Louis Ambulatory Surgical Center
SSM Saint Joseph Hospital West Lake Saint Louis Acute Care Hospital
Mid- America Surgery Center Chesterfield Ambulatory Surgical Center
St Peters Ambulatory Surgery Center Saint Peters Ambulatory Surgical Center
Edwardsville Ambulatory Surgery Center Glen Carbon Ambulatory Surgical Center
Cardinal Glennon Pediatric Surgery Center Saint Louis Ambulatory Surgical Center
Sunset Hills Ambulatory Surgery Center Saint Louis Ambulatory Surgical Center
Saint John's Mercy Hospital Washington Acute Care Hospital
The Surgery Center at St. Joseph Medical Park Saint Charles Ambulatory Surgical Center
Anderson Hospital Maryville Acute Care Hospital
Saint Luke's Hospital Chesterfield Acute Care Hospital
Tri-county Surgery Center Washington Ambulatory Surgical Center
Washington Surgery Center Washington Ambulatory Surgical Center
Saint Anthony's Medical Center Saint Louis Acute Care Hospital
Advanced Surgery Center Saint Louis Ambulatory Surgical Center
Missouri Baptist Medical Center Saint Louis Acute Care Hospital
Barnes-jewish Hospital Saint Louis Acute Care Hospital
Twin Cities Surgery Center Festus Ambulatory Surgical Center
Jefferson Memorial Hospital Crystal City Acute Care Hospital
Memorial Hospital Belleville Acute Care Hospital
The Surgical Center of St. Louis Bridgeton Ambulatory Surgical Center
Mason Ridge Surgery Center Saint Louis Ambulatory Surgical Center
Barnes-jewish Saint Peters Hospital Saint Peters Acute Care Hospital
Timberlake Surgery Center Chesterfield Ambulatory Surgical Center
City Place Surgery Center Creve Coeur Ambulatory Surgical Center
Webster Ambulatory Surgery Center Webster Groves Ambulatory Surgical Center
Saint John's Mercy Medical Center Saint Louis Acute Care Hospital
Advanced Ambulatory Surgical Care Creve Coeur Ambulatory Surgical Center
Mid County Surgery Center Saint Louis Ambulatory Surgical Center
St. Louis Surgical Center Creve Coeur Ambulatory Surgical Center
Barnes-jewish West County Hospital Saint Louis Acute Care Hospital
SSM Saint Mary's Health Center Richmond Heights Acute Care Hospital
SSM Saint Joseph Health Center - Wentzville Wentzville Acute Care Hospital
Chesterfield Surgery Center Chesterfield Ambulatory Surgical Center
Community Memorial Hospital Staunton Critical Access (Rural) Hospital
Des Peres Hospital Saint Louis Acute Care Hospital
Saint Alexius Hospital - Jefferson Campus Saint Louis Acute Care Hospital
West County Surgical Center Creve Coeur Ambulatory Surgical Center
Manchester Surgery Center Des Peres Ambulatory Surgical Center
South County Surgical Center Saint Louis Ambulatory Surgical Center
Washington County Memorial Hospital Potosi Critical Access (Rural) 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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