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Thread: Cost of Instrumentation

  1. #1
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    Cost of Instrumentation

    Hi,

    My son had surgery in July 2008. He was fused from T3-L4 with SS pedicle screws and rods. I just received an explanation of benefits today for the cost of the instrumentation for $147,000 which was paid by the insurance company. Has anyone else had outrageous instrumentation costs?

    Thanks,
    Kimg

  2. #2
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    kimg,

    Though I'm an older adult and I had complications due to MRSA, my total bill came to.......are you sitting?? 1/4 million dollars!!!! All I can say is thank God for insurance, I paid 3,000.00 out of pocket

    SandyC
    SandyC

  3. #3
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    Kimg--

    My son's was similar for a similar fusion length (1 more vertebra). How is Casey doing at more than 6 months post-op? I would love to hear. Sidney is now about 4 months post-op. He was also fused at Shriners in Philly--in November. I sent you a PM.

    Mary Ellen
    Last edited by WNCmom; 03-05-2009 at 05:18 PM.

  4. #4
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    Hi Kimg,

    My surgery was Oct 08 and my hospital bill lists the hardware as $134,400. I was fused T3 to L3, so maybe that one more segment is the difference~~$13,000. LOL

    My hospital bill was paid at 100% of the negotiated rate (they even waived my $240 copay, no compalints from me!) The total hospital bill was $191,000 and the insurance paid $50,000.
    __________________________________________
    Debbe - 50 yrs old

    Milwalkee Brace 1976 - 79
    Told by Dr. my curve would never progress

    Surgery 10/15/08 in NYC by Dr. Michael Neuwirth
    Pre-Surgury Thorasic: 66 degrees
    Pre-Surgery Lumbar: 66 degrees

    Post-Surgery Thorasic: 34 degrees
    Post-Surgery Lumbar: 22 degrees

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