Nobody likes having surgery but aside from saving lives, surgical procedures can go a long way in improving quality of life as well as assisting doctors in diagnosing health issues. There are also times when they are essential and unavoidable.
In terms of statistics, there is limited data estimating exactly how many people in the U.S. undergo surgery per year, but certain procedures are performed more often, and some strain the pocket a lot more than others. Healthgrades recently took a closer look at the most common surgeries performed and what they cost. Here we look at 8 of those procedures:
8. Hysterectomy- It is estimated that roughly 500,000 women in the U.S. have a hysterectomy, which entails a surgeon removing the ovaries and fallopian tubes and is performed for multiple reasons that range from benign to malignant conditions. The cost of this surgery is influenced by the medical reason for it to be performed and the method used. Healthgrades estimates open abdominal surgery to cost $13,000.
7. Stent Procedure- The stent, which is used for patients with an angioplasty to keep the artery open and reduce their chances of suffering a blockage, costs roughly $18,000. These surgical procedures are performed about 454,000 times a year.
6. Angioplasty and Atherectomy- Doctors perform about 500,000 angioplasty, or percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) a year as a means of opening the coronary arteries of patients that have been clogged with plague. The procedure may require a surgeon to perform an atherectomy, which involves scraping plague from inside the artery wall. The procedure can cost roughly $20,000.
5. Broken Bone Repair- Each year over 670,000 surgeries are performed in the U.S. to repair broken bones- the cost varying according to how bad the break is and which bone is broken. A small wrist bone will cost roughly $8,000 to repair but something like a broken hip could cost thousands.
4. Circumcision- At least a million circumcisions are performed on newborn boys in the U.S. each year, each costing about $250.While not medically necessary, the procedure does significantly reduce the risk of infections and even cancers.
3. Joint Replacement- Millions of Americans undergo joint replacement surgery each year- often having the procedure performed on knees, hips as well as shoulders and ankles. The surgery entails having the damaged join removed and replaced with an artificial one. Cost for the procedure varies according to where it is performed, with an average joint replacement surgery ranging anywhere from $16,500 to $33,000.
2. C-Section- It is estimated that over 1,3 million babies are born via C-section in the U.S. each year. The procedure is predominantly performed for safety reasons and can cost about $13,000, which is at least $4,000 more than a vaginal delivery, Healthgrades reported.
1. Cataract Removal- Half of all Americans are believed to develop a cataract by age 80, and each year about three million people in the U.S. undergo surgery to have their cataracts removed. The procedure, which allows the patient to see more clearly by removing the lens of the eye and then replacing it with an artificial one, costs between $2,300 to $3,000.