How Much Does Spinal Surgery Cost?

Q:
How much does spinal surgery cost?

A:
Spinal surgery, which is needed in only a small percentage of back pain cases, usually is recommended to be considered only when non-surgical treatments have failed to relieve symptoms and when the problem is caused by a pinched nerve, the spinal cord being compressed or excess movement between bones.

Typical costs:
For patients not covered by health insurance, a laminectomy, typically used to treat spinal stenosis, a narrowing of the spine that occurs mostly in people over 50, typically costs $50,000 to $90,000.
For patients not covered by health insurance, spinal fusion, typically used to treat conditions such as a slipped vertebra, fractured vertebra or other spinal instability, typically costs $80,000 to $150,000 or more; a surgery in which high-end titanium implants are used instead typically will fall on the higher end.
For patients covered by insurance, assuming the deductible has been met, typical out-of-pocket costs would consist of coinsurance of between 10 and 40 percent of the procedure, for a total of $200 to $2,000 or more, up to the yearly out-of-pocket maximum.

Additional costs:
Most patients require two to six weeks of recovery time. A back brace, which sometimes is required, can cost $200 or more.
Physical therapy at $50 to $100 or more per session can add $1,000 or more to the cost.
Pain medication probably will be prescribed during recovery, and sometimes equipment such as a walker, which can cost $50 to $100 or more, is needed.

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