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How expensive is surgery for treatment of a ganglion cyst on a finger joint?

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The cost of this type of surgery, or any surgery, can vary from doctor to doctor and even from one patient to the next. There is no way to predict the costs for each individual person because there is no way for the doctor to know how long the surgery will take, what might be involved once the area is open or if complications might arise, according to Medicare. It also is affected by the type of insurance and whether the procedure is performed on an inpatient or outpatient basis.

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The best way to find out the cost of a potential surgery is to talk to the doctor and the patient's insurance company, explains Medicare. Insurance companies see paperwork for surgeries come through daily and can give a rough estimate on the cost a patient might be looking at out of pocket. The amount that the doctor or the insurer gives is still likely to change due to the fact that most medical facilities charge per item used in a surgery. This includes gloves, towels, blankets and anything else they may use from pre-op to post-op. The amount of hours that it takes to complete a surgery can vary as well due to things being more complicated once the doctor has opened up the patient and can actually see what needs doing.

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