Hi, I'm new here and am looking for advice. My husband is wanting to have a disc replacement surgery (Maverick) in Germany that is not covered by insurance because he wants to hide it from his employer because he believes he will be fired from his job if they find out. Has anyone ever heard of this? He's an aircraft mechanic and I don't know all of his diagnosis but his main problem is an annular tear at L4-L5 or L5-S1(I forget). He has gone through almost everything he's had to regarding tests, pt, shots etc. and is wanting to have the procedure done in December. I am freaking out because it costs $30,000.00 which we do not have but he's desperate and really feels strongly that it's his only option to keep his job. It seems to me that it would be illegal to fire someone for having back surgery but he said that once you have surgery you are no longer considered to be %100 healthy which is a requirement at his job. Who is %100 healthy? Anyway, I'm just trying to find out if he has a valid concern because it sure would save us alot of money to have a procedure covered by insurance. Thanks!