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Sure Glad My Insurance Paid For This One - Lodi, CA

I had a large lipoma removed from just below a...

I had a large lipoma removed from just below a shoulder blade. It was growing rapidly, and was actually big enough to cause discomfort. My MD referred me to a surgeon who scheduled an out-patient surgery in a hospital. I was shocked when I discovered the hospital (JUST the hospital, not the surgeon) fee was more than $10,000. I had just had a similar-sized lipoma removed from my large dog, for less than $300. It really had to be done because it made sleeping and driving uncomfortable, but I still wonder if the fee was an insurance scam. They used a liquid suture and I had an allergic reaction to it, and the thing itched like crazy for several years.

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I'm not sure it should have cost this much, which was enough to bother me even though I wasn't paying for it. The provider was essentially assigned to me.

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Thanks for sharing your experience, bambibones. That fee does seem high (right now the average cost reported here on RealSelf is £1,575) but at least it was covered. Have you had any trouble with lipomas since?

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