Gallstones are hard substances that form in the gallbladder. Gallstones usually form in adults over the age of 40 years, but they can affect people of all age groups. Gallstones can be as small as grain and as large as the golf ball in size. Gallstones are the most common digestive disorders in India with a 3-5% prevalence.
You might not be aware that India is one of the best places to get the treatment of gallstones. And, the elementary reason is the reasonable cost of gallbladder stone surgery. On average the cost of gallstone surgery ranges from Rs. 30,000 to 50,000. The final cost of surgery is based on the various factors that we will discuss in this article. So, let’s know more about it.
Factors Affect the Cost of Gallstones surgery
- The Number and Size of the gallstones
- Diagnostic tests
- Doctors/Surgeons Fees
- Types of Gallbladder Surgical Treatment
- Hospital Fees
- Pre and Post-Surgery Medications
- Post-Surgery Follow-ups
- Uphealth Cares Flexible Surgery Cost
Number and Size of the Gallstones
The cost of surgery is always dependent on the severity of the condition. Gallstones can grow big (5 cm). The condition might get severe and stones continue to grow. If this happens surgery is the only option to cure gallstones and the surgery will be complex and will take more time.
For the diagnostics the series of tests include:
- CT Scan
- Abdominal ultrasound
- Magnetic resonance cholangiopancreatography (MRCP)
- Endoscopic ultrasound
- Endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP)
- HIDA Scan
Every test will cost you a specific amount that will increase the cost of surgery. Apart from the above-mentioned test, the evaluation is also done on a urine test and blood test.
It is important to undergo surgery through an experienced surgeon who can tackle all risks and complications and also follow all the safety measures. An experienced doctor will charge more for the consultation as well as to perform the surgery.
Types of Gallbladder Surgical Treatment
After the diagnosis, the doctor will recommend the surgery method for you. There are two types of gallbladder surgical treatment:
It is the traditional method to remove the gallbladder entirely to cure gallstones. The gallbladder is removed through a large abdominal incision (about a 6-inch cut). This type of process costs less as no advanced technique or equipment is required. This procedure costs around 45,000 approx.
It is the modern technique to treat gallstones. In this process, many small incisions are made in the belly. As modern instruments are used in this procedure the cost of laparoscopic surgery cost around 55,000 approx.
If you choose to get treated by a super-speciality hospital then you should know its overall cost is higher than the multi-speciality healthcare.
Each hospital and medical center charges admission and discharge fees. The hospital charges depend upon the type of room you select. And for each type of room, the amenities and services will also include the charges. The overall cost of gallstone surgery will increase.
Pre and Post-Surgery Medications
The doctor will prescribe you medications to pay attention to your health and to ensure that your body heals properly. Some of the medicines might be expensive which will increase the cost of surgery.
To make sure you are healing properly you have to take follow-ups with your doctor. Depending on the surgery performed you might have to visit your doctor multiple times which will increase the cost of surgery.
Uphealth Cares Flexible Surgery Cost
Uphealth cares accepts health insurance and provides a no-cost EMI service which is beneficial for patients. We also accept flexible payments by debit cards and credit cards that allow the patients to pay for the treatment.
With no-cost EMI service, patients get the best advanced surgical treatment without any stress. You can pay for your treatment in instalments by this payment mode.