How Much Does a Myringotomy Cost?
A myringotomy is a surgical procedure that corrects a blocked Eustachian tube or the narrow passage that links the pharynx to the middle ear. The surgery is performed by creating a tiny incision in the eardrum to drain pus or ease the pressure that resulted from the excessive accumulation of fluid from the middle ear.
Depending on the condition, a tympanostomy tube may or may not be inserted into the eardrum. The ear tube is meant to keep the middle ear ventilated and to inhibit the re-accumulation of fluid. This tube may be removed through a minor procedure or it may just naturally fall out after six to 12 months. Without the tube insertion, however, the incision may heal in two to three weeks.
How much does it cost?
- Without insurance, most patients should be prepared to budget anywhere from as little as $2,500 to as much as $5,500 for the procedure. However, if you are currently insured, you will be responsible for your co-pays and deductibles. Be sure to check with your insurance provider to see what you are going to be responsible for. If you are looking for a new policy or planning on switching, consider browsing through hundreds for free at eHealthInsurance.com. Outpatient centers are going to be cheaper than the hospital setting.
- According to Primehealthchannel.com, the average cost of myringotomy is around $2,800 to $5,000.
- The average cost of myringotomy is around $2,800, according to Eardoc.info.
What is going to be included?
- During the procedure, ear tubes will be inserted into incisions performed within the eardrums. The tubes can be made of a silicone or Teflon. These tubes will be left in place until the doctor feels it is time to take them out, or in some cases, the tubes will fall out on their own.
- Depending on the doctor’s recommendation, or when necessary, a myringotomy may require the insertion of a tympanostomy tube or ear tube into the middle ear. The ear tubes come in different sizes and shapes and are usually made of metal, plastic, or both.
- The patient should be aware that myringotomy involves risks, such as formation of granular nodes at the myringotomy site due to inflammation; potential build-up of a mass of skin cells and cholesterol in the middle ear that may enlarge and destroy the surrounding bone; cutting of the outer ear; and permanent hole in the eardrum as a result of improper healing of the incision. The permanent hole can lead to some hearing loss and potential risk of infection.
- There is also significant evidence to prove that ear tubes offer only short-term improvement among children.
What are the extra costs?
- The cost is often doubled since children need to have the procedure done in both of their ears at once.
- The doctor is likely to recommend the use of earplugs to prevent water from getting into the ear during bathing or swimming since this will lessen the chance of infection and discharge.
- There is a possibility that the patient may need to undergo another procedure within a few years.
- You may be charged separately for the cost of anesthesia.
- Additional lab test fees may apply.
Factors that influence the price:
- Myringotomy cost can vary according to the geographical location of the medical facility where you have the procedure performed.
- The physician’s professional fee can also affect the overall cost of the surgery.
Tips to know:
- After a myringotomy and the insertion of ear tubes, children tend to show a significant development in terms of hearing, talking, and sleeping. They also become less irritable and are able to behave better. Adult patients, on the other hand, experience relief from ear pain and are able to resume deep-sea diving or flying without trauma.
- Placement of tubes does not guarantee a total cure of middle ear ailment. It has been found that the patient can still experience the recurrence of inflammation or fluid collection in the middle ear despite the presence of the tube.
- Myringotomy is also known as a tympanostomy, tympanostomy, myringa centesis, or paracentesis of the tympanic membrane.
- Insertion of tympanostomy tube in children is seen as the most expensive outpatient surgical procedure done in less than 15 minutes.
How can I save money?
- Ask your doctor if you can do without ear tubes.
- Verify with your insurance company how much it can cover for your surgery.
- There are a number of commercial insurers that have entered into certain agreements with ambulatory surgery centers to allow you low-cost surgery and other services. Your insurance company might be one of these.
- If your child is the patient, you may want to consider a non-profit children’s hospital.
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