How Much Does a Discectomy Cost?

Before Considering the Cost of a Discectomy

For most people money is tight and it is understandable that cost is one of the major factors to consider when deciding where and who will perform surgery on you. With this being said, experience and proven track record is just as important a decision making factor. There are many surgeons out there that claim to be the least expensive and that’s great, but are they experienced enough to place your long term spinal health in their hands?

You may be able to get a great deal on the surgical procedure, but you should also be asking yourself, “Why is this surgery costing so little compared to the rest?”

Whether the results are good or bad, surgery is permanent and most mistakes that cause a failed back surgery are made by inexperienced surgeons that have not spent enough time perfecting their skills. While it is true that corrective surgery can be performed to fix a failed surgery, in the long run you now have to pay much more for the experience of one of the few surgeons that know how to correct someone else’s mistakes.

Discectomy Cost

The real question is “How much does a discectomy cost?” On average the cost of a discectomy will range from $15,000 to $75,000 if a spinal fusion procedure is required to be performed alongside the discectomy. This is the baseline discectomy cost and doesn’t include the cost of the hospital or anesthesia bills. On average extra charges from these will typically run you an additional $15,000. The cost of a discectomy and a spinal fusion procedure should not be more than $100,000, unless you are visiting a very prestigious spinal surgeon.

Microdiscectomy Cost

Because a microdiscectomy is a more specialized form of spinal surgery the cost of the surgery will be a little higher. The advantage of a micro discectomy is that a spinal fusion is very rarely required to be performed alongside it. The cost of a microdiscectomy ranges from $20,000 to $50,000 depending on the variables such as hospital fees and anesthesia bills.

When considering specialized types of surgery such as a microdiscectomy it is very important to consider the level of experience and expertise that your surgeon brings to the table. Do some digging around, ask some questions, and get a second opinion if you think it is warranted.

Micro Endoscopic Discectomy Cost

Although this procedure is quite advanced, the cost can often be significantly lower. This is because many endoscopic discectomy procedures can be performed in an outpatient setting. Because of this, hospital bills are often non-existent. Endoscopic spine surgery uses local anesthesia and not general anesthesia, again lowering the overall cost of the procedure. You can expect an endoscopic discectomy to cost between $15,000 and $25,000.

Additional Discectomy Cost

Many patients will not require a back brace after a discectomy procedure, but find it relieves some of the post-operative pain. A back brace can cost upwards of $75. Depending on the procedure you have chosen, pain medication or anti-biotic pills could total into the 100’s of dollars. Physical Therapy and follow up appointments will come close to totaling $1000.

As a patient it is extremely important to understand that a discectomy procedure should never be your first choice for treating your back pain unless it is a medical emergency. When left with no other options for treatment, the cost of a discectomy is well worth it compared to living a life filled with crippling back pain and the symptoms associated with it.