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    Surgery expenses NOT COVERED by insurance

    Dear Scoli Friends ~

    Do you know of surgery expenses which your insurance (or/and Medicare) doesn't cover and must be paid 'out of pocket'?

    For example - I understand that the ambulance to transport me from the hospital to the rehab center will not be covered. I also know there are limits on physical therapy coverage.

    Any others?

    Thanks,
    Ginger
    Ginger Woolley

    Oct 2018, L3 - S1, Anterior & Posterior, Dr Sigurd Berven, UCSF, San Francisco
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    May 2008, T4 - L3, Dr. Ohenaba Boachie, Hospital for Special Surgery, NYC
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    Sept 1967, T4 - T 11, without instrumentation, Dr Thomas Brown, Stanford

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    I'm sorry that I can't help with this one as I am in the UK so my surgeries are covered by the NHS. Hopefully you will get a reply soon
    Juvenile Idiopathic Scoliosis diagnosed aged 6/7
    Milwaukee brace 1980 - 1984, Fused T2 - L3 with Harrington Rod 1984, 10 rib costoplasty 1999, artificial disc at L3/L4 2003, extended fusion to L5 2006.
    2015 - Sagittal plane imbalance correction by insertion of 30 degree hyperlordotic cage at L5/S1 level (anterior approach) with fixation to pelvis (posterior approach) now fused T2 to sacrum.
    2017 - October - SI joint fusion - left side
    2017 - December - Revision of failed left SI joint fusion

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    Ginger,
    Do you have a secondary insurance to Medicare?
    The ambulance that transported me from UCSF to ??? St. Francis for rehab was paid by Medicare.
    I cannot think of anything that wasn't covered. The rehab place gave me some aids that were covered. My secondary insurance picked up the part that Medicare only paid partially, but in general the secondary insurance does not cover anything that Medicare as primary didn't cover.
    Susan
    Best of luck with your surgery!
    Adult Onset Degenerative Scoliosis @65, 25* T & 36* L w/ 11.2 cm coronal balance; T kyphosis 90*; Severe disc degen T & L stenosis

    2013: T3- S1 Fusion w/ ALIF L4-S1/XLIF L2-4, PSF T4-S1 2 surgeries
    2014: Hernia @ ALIF repaired; Emergency screw removal Spinal Cord Injury T4,5 sec to PJK
    2015: Revision Broken Bil T & L rods and no fusion: 2 revision surgeries; hardware P. Acnes infection
    2016: Ant/Lat Lumbar diskectomy w/ 4 cages + BMP + harvested bone
    2018: Removal L4,5 screw

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