“Doctor, what is the estimate of the cost of appendix surgery in Nigeria?” This is a recurring question on the lips of every patient diagnosed of appendicitis.
Appendicitis is the inflammation of a finger-like projection of the large intestine called the appendix. Scientists are not quite certain of the function of appendix but humans can live without it. Inflammation of the appendix is a medical emergency that require prompt surgery (not antibiotics). If an inflamed appendix is not treated on time, it may rupture or burst spilling poisonous content into the abdominal cavity and the blood stream and leading to peritonitis and sepsis (blood poisoning). A burst or perforated appendix can kill.
Appendix surgery called appendectomy is the most performed surgery in many hospitals in Nigeria. But how much is appendix surgery in Nigeria? In the headers below we are going to discuss how the cost of appendectomy is arrived at in many Nigerian hospitals and even in other climes.
A burst, about to burst, or a gangrenous appendix is a complicated one and require an emergency surgery called laporatomy to evacuate the spilled contents, wash the abdominal cavity, and remove the remnant of the inflamed appendix. It requires more hands, expertise and a longer hospital stay. Usually, stronger and more expensive antibiotics and painkillers will be needed. Surgery on complicated appendicitis in Nigeria or anywhere in the world is quite expensive. In Lagos, Nigeria for example, the cost of an emergency appendix operation in the Lagos University Teaching Hospital is between N150,000-N170,000 naira while some private hospitals bill between #200,000-#250,000 naira or more. In University of Benin Teaching Hospital, emergency appendectomy is around #150,000-#170,000 naira. Same is the price in federal medical centres and state hospitals across the country.
An elective surgery is an operation at the patient’s or doctor’s convenience. It is a planned non-emergency procedure. It often times done for uncomplicated appendicitis. Elective appendectomy in quite cheaper and cost effective than emergency appendectomy. In most hospitals in Lagos, Abuja and Port Harcourt for example appendicectomy on uncomplicated appendicitis is around #100,000- #120,000 naira. Some hospitals may collect as “low” as #70,000 in some cases. The amount of money you will pay for appendectomy will therefore be less if you decide to do the surgery as soon as you are diagnosed.
Two types of appendectomy are available in Nigeria- Laparoscopic and open appendix surgery. Laparoscopic surgery is a minimally invasive and bloodless surgery with short hospital stay and recovery time. Though it cannot be used for ruptured appendicitis, it is more expensive than open surgery. Laparoscopic appendectomy is around #250,000- #350,000 naira.
Your choice of hospital also determines the cost of surgery. Appendectomy done in private hospitals will always be more expensive than public or government owned centres.
Though the diagnosis of appendicitis is mainly from history taking and physical evaluation, your doctor may request you do further tests like abdominal scan( #5,500 naira), complete blood count(#3,500 naira), blood grouping and cross-matching (#2,500 naira) and sometimes blood culture. These tests are used by your doctor to confirm her/his diagnosis, and ensure your blood volume is optimal for the surgery. It also makes provision for transfusion during the appendix operation. The cost of these tests are included in the original price quoted for appendectomy in most federal and states hospitals but private hospitals will tell you to pay for these investigations separate from the money you will pay for the surgery.
Some hospitals especially in Lagos, Port Harcourt, Abuja, Kaduna, Ibadan, and Benin-city will request that you pay for admission, drugs, and other consumables different from the cost of the operation itself. Because of the bleeding associated with the surgery and with most other surgeries, most centres will request you pay for 1-2 pints of blood in case you might need transfusion in the theatre. A pint of blood is between #10,000-#12,000.
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The good news is the money will be refunded if eventually you were not transfused during the course of the surgery. Paying for blood is just a precautionary measure on the side of the hospital or surgeon.
My analysis on the cost of appendix surgery in Nigeria should not deter you from seeking prompt medical attention (of which surgery is the definitive cure) to you appendicitis. Do not delay or patronize quacks. If you want the best of repairers for you bad phone, why not the best of surgeons and treatment for your body? Think about this.
Remember, a ruptured appendix can kill.
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This post was last modified on January 18, 2023 5:35 pm
Nice one dr. Udomoh...keep it up
Thank u Sir
Nice one doc.
Dear Doctor Udomoh, a friend of mine needs appendectomy surgery in Lagos,. She is a young woman of very limited means, and she is being quoted costs of 6-7 Million Naira, which she cannot afford. Do you have some advice as to where she she might go to get more affordable care? Thank you very much for your time and your attention.
6 - 7 million Naira for appendectomy? Scary. Let her go to LUTH or LASUTH. THANK YOU
Thank you ero
Thanks for this comprehensive response. You just saved a life
thank you dr. udomoh for that exposition
Welcome. I am glad you found it useful.
My friend resides in Enugu, Trans Ekulu. He is having appendicitis attack. Where can he go to get treatment asap? Please help doctor!!
Please go to any of the general hospital nearby or go to university of Nigeria Teaching Hospital (UNTH). YOUR FRIEND WILL BE FINE. ACT FAST.
MY FRIEND HAS BEEN QUOTED NGN170,000 FOR AN APPENDECTOMY.ISTHIS RIGHT
THANK YOU DOCTOR,I LIVE IN THE UK AND MY SISTER IS IN NIGERIA.
My husband has a appendicitis,
His in Lagos Nigeria this time, do u have any cheaper hospital for appendicitis surgery?
Not really. LUTH may perform cheaper appendectomy
I have a friend that lives in Lagos, Nigeria. I live in the US . My question is this, she says that they won’t do an emergency surgery of appendicitis. Is this true that she could face dying if she doesn’t have the money for the surgery. She says the Dr. would do the surgery for N250,000 does that seem right ? I have read about what she will need as far as blood test , x rays and medications. That’s besides the surgery. I would appreciate any help thank you
Unless the appendix is at risk of rupture, most appendectomy these days are done as elective cases... Appendectomy surgery can be as high as 250k, medical supplies are now expensive. Thank you.
I went to luth on Friday to apply for appendix surgery , they told me the doctors are on strike that I have to check back this very Friday about 2days to go now