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Cost of defective or perforated eardrum repair in Alabama

The average cash price for defective or perforated eardrum repair care in Alabama is $2,440 at a surgery center versus $4,268 at an outpatient hospital. While a surgery center may offer fewer complimentary services, and may not have the full range of support services that outpatient hospital provides, it may still be worth the (43%) you'd save when comparing the cost of defective or perforated eardrum repair performed at an outpatient hospital. Read More

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Average cash price in Alabama

A common defective or perforated eardrum repair at surgery center facility in Alabama includes

  Units Avg Cash price

Provider

Ear, nose, & throat doctor visit provider fee

First time visit Standard
1 $138

Provider fee to repair defect or perforation of eardrum

Standard Standard
1 $587

Facility

Surgery center fee to repair defect or perforation of eardrum

Standard Standard
1 $1,232

Anesthesia

Anesthesiologist fee to be "put under" for procedure

Level 3 Standard
1 $188

Anesthesiologist time to be "put under" for procedure

Per minute Standard
158 $295
Total average cash price   $2,440.43

A common defective or perforated eardrum repair at outpatient hospital facility in Alabama includes

  Units Avg Cash price

Provider

Ear, nose, & throat doctor visit provider fee

First time visit Standard
1 $138

Provider fee to repair defect or perforation of eardrum

Standard Standard
1 $587

Facility

Outpatient Hospital fee to repair defect or perforation of eardrum

level 4 Standard
1 $3,059

Anesthesia

Anesthesiologist fee to be "put under" for procedure

Level 3 Standard
1 $188

Anesthesiologist time to be "put under" for procedure

Per minute Standard
158 $295
Total average cash price   $4,267.53

A defective or perforated eardrum is a hole or tear in the membrane that separates the middle ear from the outer ear. A perforated eardrum can result from an ear infection or from trauma to the eardrum. While some perforations will heal on their own, others require repair. Perforated eardrums can lead to hearing loss.

A hole in the eardrum is repaired during a surgical procedure. Small holes are repaired by placing either a gel or a small paper-like patch over the hole. This procedure is called a tympanoplasty. Other perforations are patched using a piece of tissue that is taken from your own tissue. The tissue may come from behind the ear or along the hairline. This procedure is called a myringoplasty.

Both procedures are performed under general anesthesia, which means you will be asleep during the surgery. Eardrum repairs are outpatient procedures. After a short period of monitoring following the surgery, you will be released home to recover.

You may experience pain when the eardrum perforates. Generally, this pain will resolve quickly. However, in cases of infection that cause perforation, you may experience continued pain due to the infection.

Not all defective or perforated eardrums need surgery. At times, antibiotic drops may be prescribed. If the eardrum does not heal on its own, the hole will be surgically repaired using either a paper patch or a graft of your own tissue.

Many perforated eardrums heal within a few weeks, but it is possible to take up to a month for healing to occur. Larger perforations are more likely to require surgical repair than small holes. During the healing process, you’ll want to make sure to keep your ear dry when showering and bathing, refrain from cleaning your ears with Q-tips, and avoid blowing your nose. Blowing your nose increases the pressure against the eardrum and may injure it.

During follow-up appointments with the surgeon that repaired the eardrum, they will inspect your ear with an otoscope. During the examination, the surgeon will determine if the tympanoplasty patch is in good placement and the perforation of the eardrum has healed. 

If the tympanoplasty has failed, your surgeon may perform a myringoplasty and graft some of your own tissue over the hole.

About the defective or perforated eardrum repair 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.

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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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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. Provider data, including price data, provided in part by Turquoise Health.

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