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Cost of hysterectomy

The average cash price for hysterectomy care is $6,508 at a surgery center versus $12,539 at an outpatient hospital. While an outpatient hospital may offer more complimentary and support services for patients, it costs almost twice as much (48%) when comparing hysterectomy procedures performed at a surgery center. Read More

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Average cash price in U.S.

A common hysterectomy at surgery center facility in U.S. includes

  Units Avg Cash price

Provider

OBGYN visit provider fee

Returning visit Standard
1 $106

Provider fee to remove a portion of uterus and/or ovaries

250 grams or less of uterus through abdomen Standard
1 $1,104

Facility

Surgery center fee to remove a portion of uterus and/or ovaries

Standard Standard
1 $4,486

Imaging

Radiology fee for stomach ultrasound

Limited Standard
1 $128

Anesthesia

Anesthesiologist fee to be "put under" for procedure

Level 3 Standard
1 $202

Anesthesiologist time to be "put under" for procedure

Per minute Standard
241 $482
Total average cash price   $6,507.60

A common hysterectomy at outpatient hospital facility in U.S. includes

  Units Avg Cash price

Provider

OBGYN visit provider fee

Returning visit Standard
1 $106

Provider fee to remove a portion of uterus and/or ovaries

250 grams or less of uterus through abdomen Standard
1 $1,104

Facility

Outpatient Hospital fee to remove uterus (250 grams or less) and/or ovaries, using endoscope

level 2 Standard
1 $10,517

Imaging

Radiology fee for stomach ultrasound

Limited Standard
1 $128

Anesthesia

Anesthesiologist fee to be "put under" for procedure

Level 3 Standard
1 $202

Anesthesiologist time to be "put under" for procedure

Per minute Standard
241 $482
Total average cash price   $12,538.60

A hysterectomy is a surgical procedure that removes a woman’s uterus or womb. The uterus is where a baby grows during pregnancy. During a hysterectomy, the cervix, fallopian tubes, or ovaries may also be removed. 

Hysterectomy may be needed to treat the following:

  • Gynecological cancer
  • Fibroids
  • Endometriosis
  • Uterine prolapse
  • Abnormal vaginal bleeding
  • Chronic pelvic pain

Hysterectomy may be performed through a vaginal incision or an abdominal incision. Your surgeon will determine which approach is best for you.

Hysterectomy will result in the following:

  • You will not be able to become pregnant after a hysterectomy.
  • If your ovaries are removed, you will enter menopause.
  • If you keep your ovaries, you may experience menopause at a younger age.
  • When your cervix remains during a partial hysterectomy, you will still be at risk for cervical cancer and need a regular PAP smear.

The average age of women undergoing hysterectomy is 42. Hysterectomy is the second most frequently performed surgery for women in their reproductive years. By age 60, nearly ⅓ of all American women will have undergone a hysterectomy.

Changes after hysterectomy are primarily a result of menopause. Menopause will occur if your ovaries are removed during the hysterectomy. Changes you may experience include:

  • Hot flashes and night sweats
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Painful intercourse
  • Difficulty urinating or incontinence
  • Mood changes
  • Loss of bone density and risk for osteoporosis
  • Faster skin aging
  • Weight gain

Your stomach will be swollen for several weeks after a hysterectomy. Depending on the reason for your hysterectomy, you may find that your stomach is less bloated and swollen after the healing period. Many times you’ll feel better and have more energy after a hysterectomy. This may lead to being more active and weight loss.

Weight loss is not an effect of a hysterectomy. Temporary weight loss may occur if you experience nausea from the surgery. However, this is temporary. If your hysterectomy was performed to treat cancer, you might see weight loss resulting from cancer and cancer treatments, not the hysterectomy.

After a hysterectomy, you will need to take some time off from work to rest and recover. Your surgeon will advise you when it is safe to return to work based on how strenuous your job is. Make sure you give yourself plenty of time to rest and heal after your surgery. Do stay active, but don’t do any strenuous activity for at least six weeks after the surgery. Don’t lift anything heavy for six weeks after the surgery. Wait six weeks to resume sexual activity. Make sure to keep your follow-up appointment with your surgeon.

About the hysterectomy Average Cash Prices

This procedure is most commonly performed at either a surgery center or an outpatient hospital.

Surgery centers, also known as ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs), are independent, licensed medical facilities that are governed by distinct regulatory requirements compared with a hospital. Procedures performed at an ASCs are often less expensive than when they are performed at an outpatient hospital, but they typically offer fewer complimentary services, and may not have the full-range of support services that a hospital provides.

Outpatient facilities are outpatient departments or clinics that may be within or next to a hospital, but is owned and run by the affiliated hospital. These facilities can perform surgical treatments and procedures that do not require an overnight stay. Procedures performed at an outpatient hospital are often more expensive than when they are performed in an ambulatory surgery center, but outpatient hospitals may offer more complimentary and support services for patients because they are connected to the hospital system.

Your actual costs may be higher or lower than these cost estimates. Check with your provider and health plan details to confirm the costs that you may be charged for a service or procedure. You are responsible for costs that are not covered and for getting any pre-authorizations or referrals required by your health plan. Neither payments nor benefits are guaranteed.

The site is not a substitute for medical or health care advice and does not serve as a recommendation for a particular provider or type of medical or health care.

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* Savings estimate based on a study of more than 1 billion claims comparing self-pay (or cash pay) prices of a frequency-weighted market basket of procedures to insurer-negotiated rates for the same. Claims were collected between July 2017 and July 2019. R. Lawrence Van Horn, Arthur Laffer, Robert L. Metcalf. 2019. The Transformative Potential for Price Transparency in Healthcare: Benefits for Consumers and Providers. Health Management Policy and Innovation, Volume 4, Issue 3.

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