A cost and time analysis of laryngology procedures in the endoscopy suite versus the operating room

Alexander T. Hillel, Matthew C. Ochsner, Michael M. Johns, Adam M. Klein

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Objectives/Hypothesis To assess the costs, charges, reimbursement, and efficiency of performing awake laryngology procedures in an endoscopy suite (ES) compared with like procedures performed in the operating room (OR). Study Design Retrospective review of billing records. Methods Cost, charges, and reimbursements for the hospital, surgeon, and anesthesiologist were compared between ES injection laryngoplasty and laser excision procedures and matched case controls in the OR. Time spent in 1) the preoperative unit, 2) the operating or endoscopy suite, and 3) recovery unit were compared between OR and ES procedures. Results Hospital expenses were significantly less for ES procedures when compared to OR procedures. Reimbursement was similar for ES and OR injection laryngoplasty, though greater for OR laser excisions. Net balance (reimbursement-expenses) was greater for ES procedures. A predictive model of payer costs over a 3-year period showed similar costs for ES and OR laser procedures and reduced costs for ES compared to OR injection laryngoplasty. Times spent preoperatively and the procedure were significantly less for ES procedures. Conclusions For individual laryngology procedures, the ES reduces time and costs compared to the OR, increasing otolaryngologist and hospital efficiency. This reveals cost and time savings of ES injection laryngoplasty, which occurs at a similar frequency as OR injection laryngoplasty. Given the increased frequency for ES laser procedures, total costs are similar for ES and OR laser excision of papilloma, which usually require repeated procedures. When regulated office space is unavailable, endoscopy rooms represent an alternative setting for unsedated laryngology procedures.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1385-1389
Number of pages5
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 1 2016


  • Office-based procedures
  • injection laryngoplasty
  • laryngeal papilloma
  • potassium titanyl phosphate laser procedures
  • reimbursement analysis
  • vocal fold paralysis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Otorhinolaryngology

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