Most Common Medical Surgeries & Their Costs

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The Most Common Surgeries and What They Cost

The most common procedures in the US as of 2003, according to the Department of Health and Human Services, are as follows:

Cataract and other lens-related procedures — Cataracts are a leading cause of world blindness; live long enough and you’re almost certain to experience that clouding of vision that comes along with the natural aging process of the lens. Average cost: $3,900.

Inguinal and femoral hernia repair — An abdominal hernia develops when an organ pushes out of the abdominal cavity that normally contains it. Inguinal and femoral hernias are two different types of abdominal hernia. Average cost: $5,800

Certain surgeries on muscles and tendons — For example: rotator cuff repair, exploratory surgery on the hand, and the removal of lesions. Average cost: $5,400

Tonsillectomy and/or adenoidectomy — The removal of the tonsils or adenoids. Average Cost: $3,800

Excision of semilunar cartilage of knee — Knee injuries are very common, due in part to the complexity of the structure and the amount of weight that it bears. When cartilage is torn, sometimes it must be removed via surgery. Average Cost: $6,200

Myringotomy (ear tube surgery) — Ear tubes can help children (or adults) with constant ear infection by allowing the middle ear to drain fluid more easily. Average Cost: $2,800

Joint Surgery — For example: removal of lesions and inflamed joint tissue from the knee. This surgery is common for people with various types of arthritis. Average Cost: $6,600

Surgery on nose, mouth, and pharynx — For example: different types of sinus surgery, such as the removal of sinus lesions, and turbinectomy, which is the removal of part of the nasal turbinates. Average cost: $5,700

Arthroscopy — Arthroscopy is a procedure which allows doctors to see inside a joint and perform operations on a very small scale, using an arthroscope. It is commonly performed for arthritis sufferers. Average cost: $7,000

Transurethral drainage, excision, or removal of an obstruction — This is surgery performed through the urethra, with the aid of special instrumentation. Average cost: $6,300

Breast Lumpectomy or quadrantectomy — The removal of part of the breast, as done in both of these procedures, is commonly performed when the patient suffers from breast cancer. Average cost: $4,900

Diagnostic dilatation and curettage (D&C) — This procedure is often done when fibroids or polyps appear in the uterus; in it, the lining of the uterus can be scraped or suctioned out. Then, as needed, samples from the uterus can be examined. Average cost: $3,900

Other cervix and uterus surgery — For example, the removal of uterine lesions and endometrial ablation. Average cost: $5,200

Cholecystectomy and common duct exploration — These are, respectively, the removal of the gall bladder and the exploratory surgery of the bile duct. Average cost: $8,100

Decompression of the peripheral nerve — Nerve compression becomes necessary when a nerve is under pressure from surrounding structures, in order to avoid permanent damage to the nerve. Average cost: $3,600

Surgeries on the skin and breast — For example: breast reductions, breast implants, skin removal, and the removal of cysts and abscesses. Average cost: $6,700

For more interesting articles on surgeries and much more please visit the Surgery section on GKHealth.


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