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Average Carpal Tunnel Surgery Cost
One of the hardest questions to answer is, “What does carpal tunnel surgery cost?” That’s because the answer depends on which surgery you have, where it’s performed, and how well you recover. It’s easy to get a dollar amount for the actual fees. As a matter of fact, your doctor or surgical center will estimate that for you. It includes the fees for the facility, anesthesia, and doctors. However, it’s an estimate. Hand rehabilitation is more variable, and depends on the success and speed of your carpal tunnel recovery time. For instance, if you don’t recover well (or at all), the cost increases dramatically. This impacts your job and wages, making the actual cost of surgery higher. In fact, in such circumstances those costs can increase manifold compared to the original fee estimates.
What does actual carpal tunnel surgery cost?
Accurately answering the question, “What does carpal tunnel surgery cost?” depends on what “cost” really means. Therefore, for purposes of this discussion, we’ll focus on out-of-pocket costs. Indeed, insurance reimbursement changes matters.
First, there is the actual fee to the facility, anesthesiologist, and doctors. However, if you have complications or do not recover well during rehab, costs can increase greatly. This varies from person to person. Second, there is a fee for the rehabilitation during your carpal tunnel recovery time. This amount varies depending on how well you recover from surgery.
The fee estimates below are for when surgery is uncomplicated and you recover quickly with relatively little rehab. In fact, the data averages all fees for carpal tunnel release surgery (combining open release or endoscopic techniques). Moreover, remember that your specific carpal tunnel surgery cost will depend upon:
- Your region (there are huge US regional price differences)
- The type of surgery you have (open release versus single portal or double portal endoscopic)
- Which facility you use (surgical center or hospital)
Also, costs will differ with any unforeseen complications that make the usual 30-45 minute surgery take longer. In general, your carpal tunnel surgery cost averages are:
- Facility services: $1,300 (outpatient surgery center), $4,200 (hospital)
- Doctors’ fees: $767
- Anesthesia: $410
Recovery and rehab fees
Physical therapy and rehabilitation are almost always required after carpal tunnel release surgery, no matter which technique is used. The recovery period can vary from 4 to 12 months. In some cases, it’s even longer. Generally, a carpal surgery recovery time period depends on a patient’s ability to heal, and daily commitment to physical therapy.
In fact, it’s not unusual for recovery and rehab fees to far surpass the surgical costs. Without significant complications, the average cost of rehabilitation, physical therapy, and work-related expenses range between $12,500 and $28,000.
Carpal tunnel surgery cost and your job
There is another carpal tunnel surgery cost few patients ever consider. That is, the cost of lost job time. This affects both the patient and the employer. Indeed, the occupation is what probably caused the carpal tunnel syndrome to begin with. As a result, only 23% of patients return to their former profession after carpal tunnel surgery. The remainder must refrain from doing the job that made their hands sick in the first place.
Moreover, few statistics factor in the “cost” of lost wages between jobs, the emotional weight of unemployment, and stresses placed upon the family of the unemployed worker.Therefore, when considering this it’s easy to see how “carpal tunnel surgery cost” takes on a new and bigger meaning.
Your total carpal tunnel surgery cost goes well beyond the fees your doctor or clinic estimates for you. Variables that can drive up the total cost depend upon the outcome (success) of the surgery as well as the rehab period that follows. In addition, loss of job time and wages should be factored into the final cost.
Two 15 minute Carpal Rx treatments
for 30 days cures symptoms in
97% of carpal tunnel patients.
About 15 years ago my wife was waking up during the wee hours screaming from carpal tunnel pain.
This isn’t an exaggerating. She’d literally scream from the pain shooting up through her wrist and into her shoulder. The poor thing still shudders when she thinks about it.
I knew she had carpal tunnel syndrome. And being a physiologist, I knew how to treat her. I’m skilled in a physical therapy technique called myofascial release. It’s a type of massage with an excellent track record for completely curing carpal tunnel symptoms.
So I’d massage her arm until the pain subsided and we could both go back to sleep. But her pain was so severe that she insisted on wanting surgery. It was so bad that she was afraid to go sleep at night.
I was dead-set against surgery because I knew myofascial release was a much better option. I made a bargain with her. Give me 30 days to cure her symptoms using massage and if it didn’t work – I’d go along with the surgery.
She agreed and I got busy in the lab. I hodgepodged together the first Carpal Rx prototype. Using it before bed for 15 minutes, she was able to sleep through the night by the 2nd day.
Carpal Rx, born out of love & compassion.
Dr. Z invented Carpal Rx to cure his wife’s symptoms so she didn’t have to undergo surgery.