What is the cost of robotic surgery as compared to other traditional surgery?
Compared to traditional surgery, robotic surgery is usually more expensive. Allow us to explain to you why. A single robot costs about $2 million. The system has an annual service contract requiring between $100,000 - $170,000 (in addition to the purchase price). These rates justify the higher price of robotic surgery compared to laparoscopic surgery or open surgery.
Besides, we mention the need for single-use surgical tools in robotic surgery. Some of the surgical attachments, which go on the robotic arms are disposable, and their sole manufacturer is an American corporation called Intuitive Surgical. That’s why robotic surgery generally costs as much as $1,200 to $2,000.
Despite these facts, you may have real savings on your total costs
Robotic surgery reduces your hospitalization time, basically halves your stay-in time, which means you can save about a third of the total hospital costs. Minimally invasive robotic surgery also lowers the risks of postoperative complications and makes you save the money in case of blood transfusions, infections, and pain treatments or future hospital readmission. In the case of robotic surgery, your recovery time is also considerably reduced meaning you will be able to get back to your job earlier, which helps you regularize your income sooner.