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October 19, 2009

Hospital Costs of Conventional and Stapled 1-Day Hemorrhoidectomy

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Copyright 2009 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. Applicable FARS/DFARS Restrictions Apply to Government Use.2009

Arch Surg. 2009;144(10):977-980. doi:10.1001/archsurg.2009.177

Every year nearly 40 000 hemorrhoidectomies are performed in Italy, France, and England, and nearly 320 000 hemorrhoidectomies are performed in the United States.1 The difference in hospital costs between 1-day conventional and stapler hemorrhoidectomy is nearly €800 (US $1130) (the cost of the stapler). This means that if in a year all hemorrhoidectomies in the United States were performed using the stapler technique, the annual hospital bill would be €256 million (US $361 million) more expensive.

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