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Cost of the Tummy Tuck Pain Pump

on-q pain pump

Price of the Pain Pump used for Tummy Tucks

Cash prices vary, and they can be different than insurance prices for Pain Pumps.  One of the hospitals in Modesto, Stanislaus Surgical Hospital has recently quoted us $160.00 (in 2013) for the On-Q PainBuster Post-Op Pain Relief System.  This price was just updated and verified for June 2013 – please call for updated prices!.  Please check with us for more specific prices.  They will probably tend to go up with inflation, but this price will serve as a rough guideline.  For our plastic surgical practice in Modesto, CA, this is a pass through directly to the patient without any mark up from us.  We are happy to implant this pain pump for you after the surgery and you will discuss this in detail at your Tummy Tuck consultation with Dr. Tammy Wu if you were to become a patient of ours.

What are these pain pumps?

They are small external pumps filled with pain medicine such as marcaine or lidocaine with a tubing that goes through the skin and into the painful incisions and muscle tightening areas of the tummy tuck surgery.  The exit site of this pump is very similar to the drains which my be placed with Tummy Tuck surgery.  These pain pumps are made by various companies.  On-Q PainBuster is one of the brands of pain pumps which we use.  These pain pumps are also used after other surgeries.  They are not specific to tummy tuck surgery.

Size of the pain pump?

The size of the pain pump is about the size of a single fist.  Most of the time there is a pouch with a zipper that hides it all and it is battery operated.

When is the pain pump removed after Tummy Tuck Surgery?

It is usually empty after about 4 days.  This gives you added support to your pain management for about 4 days after your tummy tuck procedure.

Dr. Tammy Wu & Dr. Calvin Lee.   Surgical Artistry, Modesto, CA. (209) 551-1888

Dr. Tammy Wu & Dr. Calvin Lee.
Surgical Artistry, Modesto, CA.
(209) 551-1888

What is the cost of a Tummy Tuck procedure?

How much for that tummy tuck?

We are often asked why there’s a range for the prices for a Tummy Tuck.  There are many variables and we want to charge a fair price for the amount of work which is needed and every patient is different.  Full vs. Mini becomes one of the reasons for a price range differential.  Plus the duration of the surgery becomes another variable.  Thus it isn’t like buying a one-size fits all product.

We are located in Central Valley, California, specifically Modesto, CA.  Our fees for the tummy tucks which includes the Surgeons Fee, Anesthesia Fee, and Hospital Fees usually range from $6000 to $10,000 (in 2013 – please call for updated prices!).  We have occasionally seen less and have also seen more for our own patients.  Dr. Tammy Wu is a board certified plastic surgeon.  We have seen tummy tucks advertised by other specialties, we however, feel that a board certified plastic surgeon offers the best training and experience for a tummy tuck procedure.

National Average Surgeon’s Fee for Tummy Tuck

According to ASPS (Dr. Tammy Wu is a member), the national average surgeon’s fee for a tummy tuck in 2012 was $5,241.  This does not include the anesthesia or operating room fees.

The cost of a tummy tuck surgery involves these components:

  • Plastic Surgeon’s Fee
  • Hospital (facility) Costs
  • Anesthesia Costs
  • Prescription costs or medicine costs
  • Post Surgery Compressive Garments
  • Medical Tests
  • Optional Pain Pump
  • Optional stay at the hospital (inpatient instead of outpatient procedure)

There may be other fees in involved, but for the most part, the above lists covers it.

Dr. Tammy Wu & Dr. Calvin Lee.   Surgical Artistry, Modesto, CA. (209) 551-1888

Dr. Tammy Wu & Dr. Calvin Lee.
Surgical Artistry, Modesto, CA.
(209) 551-1888