Chalazion Removal Cost
Those who have eye conditions like a meibomian cysts are often concerned about the chalazion removal cost. Given the tight economic conditions and the ever-rising cost of healthcare we are facing today, any question about the financial cost of any operation is always warranted.
However, if you take the time to learn more about chalazion and the other treatment options you have, it might actually be possible to spend less but still obtain the results you need — the removal of this irksome eyelid lesion.
A chalazion usually presents itself as a discomfort of the eyelid. It is sometimes followed by redness, inflammation and swelling of the affected area. The chalazion, which usually comes up after a stye, can persist for months and is characteristically painless until such time that it has grown so large so as to exert pressure on the eyeball and cause pain.
This eye condition comes about as a result of the blockage of sebaceous glands under the surface of the eyelid. When this is blocked, the result is the retention of fluid and swelling. The obstruction can be caused by a number of things — from something as simple as poor eyelid hygiene to acne rosacea to chronic blepharitis, viral infections and in very rare cases, cancers related to the eye or eyelid.
No-Expense Chalazion Removal
Conservative management is often the most common medical approach to chalazion treatment — which is a good thing because it’s free. To melt the oily secretions that have accumulated under the eyelid, a warm washcloth is applied to the affected eye for an average of 10 to 15 minutes (some doctors recommend as long as 30 minutes) 2 to 4 times a day.
Eyelid massage is also recommended after the patient has taken a shower to facilitate the passage of the secretions. NHS Kingston in their Chalazion and Meibomian Cyst Referral Guidelines gives a technique which they call ‘4 fingers times 10 massage.’ The process begins with the “patient warming his/her hand under hot water. Then, using a drop of baby shampoo (which does not sting the eye), a lather is worked up. The patient should place the index finger over the closed lids at the lid margin and vigorously (but carefully) massages the lid back and forth for a total of 10 times. This procedure is then repeated using the middle, ring and little finger.”
Chalazion Removal with Expense
The conservative route is usually done for about three months. When the chalazion shows no signs of improvement or if pain and visual impairment are already present, more costly interventions may need to be performed. For smaller chalazia, ophthalmologists can recommend injection of steroids into the lesion to reduce its size and eventually remove it. However, when the mass has grown large enough to interfere with vision, there is no other medical option left except surgery.
Usually done under local anesthesia, surgical chalazion removal is done as a day procedure and can be completed in as short as 15 minutes. The procedure is called incision and curettage wherein a very small incision is made on the nodule and later scooped out and drained (the curettage part). An eye pad is then used to cover the operated eye for about 6 to 8 hours. Recovery period is about two weeks unless there are complications.
Chalazion Removal Cost
So, how much does it cost to have a chalazion removed? In reality, this is a complicated question to answer because it is dependent on a variety of factors that includes, among others, the state where you have the procedure done, whether you have insurance or not, your doctor and the facility where the surgery is performed.
Generally, chalazion surgery can cost anywhere from $100 to $1000 with some figures going below or above that. Health care expenses in some states just cost lower or higher compared to others. Of course, if you have insurance that covers the procedure, that’s going to make it more affordable for you. Obviously, it’s going to cost you more if you have the procedure done in a hospital than in a treatment clinic. So look at your options.
Tips to Lower Cost of Chalazion Removal
Before undergoing chalazion removal surgery, make sure that you ask your doctor about costs. If you have HMO insurance, review your policy or ask the physician in-charge if the procedure is covered and if you need to pay a deductible to activate your insurance coverage for this particular operation. Check if your ophthalmologist is under your plan’s network of providers or if you need to have it done by another doctor under the HMO’s network. Normally, going with the provider accredited by your HMO will allow you to save more if you have to make co-pays for this operation.
If you don’t have insurance, ask your doctor if he or she will allow you to make staggered payments. This way, you don’t have to make a one-time payment if that’s too heavy on the pocket. On the other end of the spectrum, you can also ask your doctor if he or she gives discounts in the event that you make a cash payment. They will normally give you some form of discount to help lower your chalazion removal cost.