What Is the Average Cost of Back Surgery?


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The average cost of back surgery depends on the type of procedure; for example, a laminectomy costs around $50,000 to $90,000 for uninsured patients, as of 2015. The cost is up to $150,000 for spinal fusion surgery.

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Most health insurance plans cover at least part of the cost of back surgery procedures. The typical out-of-pocket expenses for back surgery for insured patients is $200 to $2,000.

Post-surgery medical equipment and physical therapy adds to the total cost of surgery. A back brace, generally required following back surgery, can cost $200 or more, and physical therapy can tack on an additional $1,000 or more to the overall cost of the procedure. Other necessities, such as pain medication or a walker, also add to the cost.

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