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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Mar 2011

    Cost questions

    Does anyone have an estimate of the total cost of surgery ( I know each surgery is different), looking for a ballpark figure. Any chance of a breakdown of hospital and surgeon costs? Thanks to all, this is a wonderful resource

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Oct 2010
    Bend, Oregon
    Bend, Oregon is constantly being called the Palm Springs of the Northwest. We are a small town hospital with upscale care-

    My bills have just started trickling in from the January surgery...

    hospital 192,000, My part, $1200
    Doctor/assistants- 21,000, My part, $1300
    Anesthesia- 5,000, My part, $750

    I had no complications, but did stay for 7 days. Just some minor issues. It was for a full fusion, T3 to pelvis, using Titanium and BMP, which is VERY expensive... 139,000 of the 192,000 is for supplies and implants! There are a few little things like xrays, labs, the neurological monitering during surgery, etc., that are billed in addition to the above, but this is the major players. I have a maximum $4,000 annual out-of-pocket expense, so that was a blessing. My copays seem strange, such as more to the doc than to the hospital. It depends on who bills the insurance first. Hope this helps you!!
    Last edited by jeneemohler; 03-10-2011 at 09:36 PM.
    Bend, Oregon

    Braced 3 years in high school
    Lumbar 70'+ Thoracic 70'+
    I had 3" shrinkage in 6 months...

    Surgery Jan 10, 2011
    9 hours
    T3 to S1 with pelvic fixation
    Both curves now 35'

    Possible revison for Flatback Syndrome
    Loose/broken hardware-awaiting CT results

    Here is the link to my before and after pics..

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Mar 2011
    Thanks so much-my fusion will most likely be similar so your costs are a good point of reference

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Sep 2003
    Northern California
    Never argue with an idiot. They always drag you down to their level, and then they beat you with experience. --Twain
    Surgery 2/10/93 A/P fusion T4-L3
    Surgery 1/20/11 A/P fusion L2-sacrum w/pelvic fixation

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