As of February 2013, the cheapest hysterectomy cost an average of $3,000, while the most expensive type of hysterectomy cost an average of $9,000, according to the Associated Press. Traditional abdominal surgery for hysterectomies cost around $6,600 in 2013. The most expensive surgery is a robotic procedure in which robot-like arms equipped with tiny surgical tools, allow the surgeon to make precise incisions.
A study published in Obstetrics and Gynecology explains the cheapest procedure in 2010 was a laparoscopic surgery that cost an average of $10,128. The robotic surgery was $11,476, and traditional, open surgery cost $12,847 to perform. These costs are based on the societal perspective model that includes lost wages due to recovery time, inpatient hospital costs and caregiver expenses.
The same 2010 study reveals average medical costs for hysterectomies, without consideration for other factors, included $6,581 for laparoscopy, $7,009 for open surgery and $8,770 for robotic surgery. The hysterectomies in this study were done because of endometrial cancer.
Ethicon states less invasive hysterectomy procedures reduce the length of stay in a hospital, reduce return-to-work time and keep costs lower for patients. The insurance company explains open hysterectomies cost an average of $4,000 more than vaginal hysterectomies, as of 2009. Minimally invasive procedures also reduce the amount of time families take off work to care for women who undergo the procedure.