I am pretty sure this amount is the surgeon's fee only. My surgeon's fee for approx 8-9 hours of surgery was around $9000 I believe. So I am actually not at all surprised if this is the amount BCBS pays as usual and customary.
The other hundreds of thousands of dollars Melissa mentions are hardware and OR supplies (around $90,000 for me including BMP), the OR charges, anesthesia charges, anesthesiologist's fees, recovery room (charged by the minute), the hospitalization itself (daily room charge), medications, PT, labs, x-rays, etc etc. That all adds up to tons of money. It is surprising how little the surgeon actually gets paid.
My entire surgery and hospitalization was around $200,000 all together.
I am sure BCBS will process the rest of the charges separately.
Gayle, age 47
Boston brace as a teen for AIS
Oct 2010 fusion T8-sacrum w/ pelvic fixation, TLIF at L4/5.
Feb 2012 major A/P revision for broken rods
mom of Leah, 12 y/o, diagnosed Jan '08 with 26* thoracic JIS (age 6)
4/08 26 degrees, brace 16 hrs/day
9/08 17 deg. OOB - brace discontinued
9/09 30 deg, resuming brace
5/10 VBS Dr Luhmann Shriners St Louis
5/14 stable 4 yrs post-op, 14* T
also mom of Torrey, 9 y/o son, 12* T, decreasing spontaneously (from 19*)