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kimg
03-05-2009, 11:40 AM
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

SandyC
03-05-2009, 12:15 PM
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!!!! :eek::eek::eek: All I can say is thank God for insurance, I paid 3,000.00 out of pocket

SandyC

WNCmom
03-05-2009, 03:08 PM
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

debbei
03-05-2009, 05:14 PM
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.