How Much Does a Thyroidectomy Cost?
A thyroidectomy is a procedure where the thyroid gland is surgically removed. The thyroid gland is a part of the body that controls how quickly the body uses energy. It also controls how sensitive the body is to other hormones.
How much is it?
- The cost of a thyroidectomy will depend on the complexity of the procedure, geographical location, doctor performing the procedure, if insurance is involved and the inclusions in the hospital bill.
- On average, this procedure can cost anywhere from $16,000 to as much as $65,000 without any type of health insurance.
- SurgeryCosts.net offers information to people who want to know more about the surgery. This information is provided by other people that have undergone this procedure. The price for the procedure according to the site ranges from $11500 to $62,000. The average payment made by patients who have offered the information is $37,246.
- Another site that offers information about the cost of the surgery for patients that have insurance is HealthCareBlueBook.com. The cost is broken down into different categories such as the professional’s fee, the hospital accommodation and anesthesia services, and it adds up to $7,000 to $7,200.
What is going to be included?
- During the procedure, the surgeon will put you under a general anesthetic. Making an incision across your neck, the surgeon will remove the glands, making sure that the area around them is not damaged. After this has been done, the surgeon will stitch up the area that was opened.
- The payment for the surgeon as well as hospital accommodations is included with the initial payment for the procedure. However, this depends on what arrangements have been made with the hospital. Some hospitals would charge separately for the surgeon’s fee and the payment for accommodations.
- If you have your check up performed, the doctor will evaluate your body and check if you are fit for the surgery and if it is necessary.
What are the extra costs?
- It is necessary to administer anesthesia to patients so that the pain caused by the procedure will be tolerable, although the effects of the anesthesia can vary with most people and can cause nausea and vomiting. Anesthesia costs extra and will be paid separately from payment for the procedure.
- The doctor that will evaluate you is considered an additional cost as well. Each visit to the doctor can cost extra although this is necessary to make sure that early symptoms are detected.
- After the thyroidectomy is performed, you will need to have a followup appointment and possibly need to take medication on a daily basis. These will both be extra costs.
How can I save money?
- Ask your insurance provider if they provide coverage for this procedure, which can allow you to save thousands of dollars from the cost of the surgery, hospital and doctor.
- Check with different surgeons or doctors in the area to make sure that you get a fair price for the surgery. If you do not have health insurance, consider paying cash to save up to 50% on the total bill.