How Much Does Back Surgery Cost?

Open Back VS Endoscopic Spine Surgery Cost

Why is it that Endoscopic Spine Surgery is so much less expensive than most open back surgery procedures? To understand this you should know the reason behind the cost of each procedure and how it is broken down.

Why is it so hard to find an accurate answer for my question – “How much does back surgery cost?”

Why Does Open Back Surgery Cost So Much?

Most open back surgical procedures are going to cost anywhere between $15,000 and $40,000 dollars depending on which surgeon is operating on you. You might ask, “how does a $20,000 surgery end up costing me upwards of $80,000 or more?” The first estimate you get is for the surgeons skills only. Because other fees on top of this may increase or decrease depending on what happens during your surgery, an estimate is usually only given to the patient prior to their surgery. Listed below are some of the more common expenses that are incurred with open back surgery:

  • anesthesiologist fees
  • neural monitoring fees
  • hospital fees – can get quite expensive depending on duration of stay
  • drug expenses
  • cost of implants
  • physical therapy fees

Is Endoscopic Spine Surgery Less Expensive?

Because many orthopedic surgeons perform minimally invasive endoscopic spine surgery in a same day outpatient setting, hospital fees that usually bloat a surgical bill are able to be avoided. Many surgeons also have their own team and are able to figure those costs directly into the base spine surgery cost.

With this being said, minimally invasive spine surgery has advanced in leaps and bounds where implants are now able to be inserted without the need of more invasive open back procedures. These newer specialized surgeries incur costs related to implants like traditional open back surgery although like other endoscopic procedures, hospital fees are usually not an extra burden.