What Does Back Surgery Cost Without Insurance

Surgery of any kind is an expensive endeavor, and paying out-of-pocket for back surgery will likely be to the tune of thousands, or even tens of thousands, of dollars. Patients who don't have insurance can manage these costs by looking into the resources available to them, and being sure to choose the most affordable practitioners available.

Reducing Costs

Whether or not you have insurance, you can help keep your back surgery cost to a minimum by choosing a minimally invasive form of surgery if possible. Surgery costs aren't limited to the cost of the time you spend in the operating room - when you have to stay in the hospital, take medication for an extended period, or attend many follow-up appointments, the cost will be higher.

For that reason, laser spine surgery is the best option for patients who want to reduce their back surgery cost without sacrificing the quality of care. However, certain rare and serious conditions, like spinal tumors, cannot be treated using laser spine surgery.


If you need back surgery and don't have insurance, your best bet may be to obtain insurance before undergoing surgery. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) requires insurance companies to transition to accepting individuals with preexisting conditions, so that will not be the problem it once was. Although your insurance may be higher with a preexisting back condition, your premiums are still likely to be more affordable than paying out-of-pocket.

If obtaining insurance is not an option for whatever reason, you still have some options for managing the back surgery cost:
  • You might have the savings to do it out-of-pocket
  • Some hospitals and doctors offer payment plans
  • There is third-party financing available for medical care

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