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Surgery Costs Etc.

Hello all,
Does anyone have any idea how much a minimally invasive scoliosis correction costs? Dr. said they go in from lateral and posterior and the surgery takes about 5 hours. I have Medicare but because I'm under 65 I can't buy a supplement that will help cover costs.

I have Lyme disease, and a PICC line and get IV antibiotics 4 days a week. Am half way about through treatment and been doing this for 1.5 years, it's very expensive and I can add 3-400$ a month to what I'm already paying but realistically not much more.

Do you know if surgeons offer payment plans? the last time I talked to the Dr. I asked costs and he said they would give me a cost sheet. In the mean time I'm just wondering what others have seen on their bills.

Also...........I have a small company that I run entirely by myself. It's retail online so I'm open 24/7. I can hire someone to help with shipments etc but the admin work is too complicated to turf and I'm wondering is it at ALL possible to get on your Laptop for say 15 - 30 minutes the day after surgery and then throughout the day a little?

I've had 5 other outpatient surgeries where I came home and worked the entire day. I understand this is different but................no work no money. right now everything I make goes to medical so I need to figure this out.

Thanks and I have to say this is utterly terrifying. I'm doing mediation to help with the fear. wish it was just pain and suffering but adding the fact that it's so expensive is also through the roof stress.


  • 5 hour surgery doesn't sound minimally invasive. You can ask the hospital to give you an estimate. I don't know about other surgeons, I know the two I have been to didn't take payments, they wanted their portion of the fees up front. I know since you have medicare you only have to pay 20%. Medicare will pay the other 80% of what they say they are going to pay. For example: A surgery may be 50,000. Medicare may say they are only going to pay 10,000 of it. You pay 2,000 and medicare will pick up the rest. Are you sure they will even do the surgery with you being treated for Lyme disease?

    Discectomies 05/08 and 04/11, fusions L4-5 Feb 9,2012 and L3-L4 June 28,2012, Staph infection washout 3/2/2012, Bulged L5-S1. SCS trial on January 17th, 2014, which was a success! Permanent SCS on February 20th.
  • thanks for answering. Yes it's minimally invasive and yes they know about the LD. Surgeon said it takes longer with the MIS and I know it's not as brutal, like no ICU etc. but.............I'm not sure of anything yet but yes that's right on the 20% of costs. I've had an hour surgery that was 14,000 and my share was 800. I keep hoping maybe it will be discounted that much. oiy vey right?
  • It should be discounted quite a bit. Medicare doesn't want to pay a high price for anything. Like I said your hospital and surgeon's office can give you an estimate. I have always just paid the estimate.
    Discectomies 05/08 and 04/11, fusions L4-5 Feb 9,2012 and L3-L4 June 28,2012, Staph infection washout 3/2/2012, Bulged L5-S1. SCS trial on January 17th, 2014, which was a success! Permanent SCS on February 20th.
  • Danigirl123DDanigirl123 Posts: 60
    edited 02/02/2014 - 4:58 PM
    I didn't catch if this will be done in the hospital? If it is, most of your cost is coming from the hospital. Which in that case you can always set a payment plan with the hospital. Most surgeons take payment plans. They know people can't drop bombs down and realize normal people don't have tons of money. Also as far as if you can still work.. I had major surgery for scoli T12 to L4 in June. The first 2 days I was not able to really do much. By third day I was totally waning to do stuff and get outa there! So it all depends on how u feel! Also.. My whole surgery cost 87,000$ but my insurance picked it all up. So minimally invasive I don't know. Just knocking you out cost me about 5,000-8,000$. I really was in the wrong profession.
    28 F. Chicago. Fusion from t-12 l-4 from scoli in June 2013. Torn bilateral hip labrums. Arthroscopy to fix labrums January 2013 and march 2013. SI pain from hip surgery Lupus, RA, antiphosphidlipid antibody- hypermobility syndrome ( Marfan syndrome)
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  • Thanks for the great info and experiences. Danigirl123 I think you're in the right ballpark I was guessing 5 hour surgery around 80-100K. I'll see the surgeon tomorrow and get more info.
  • Most surgical facilities charge $100 per minute "wheels in wheels out" that covers everything "surgical" accept surgeon and anest. and usually you'll get a bill from the manufacturers of the hardware.

    I know generally if you are spending over night you will hit your "max out of pocket", especially with tests etc... so plan to spend your max out of pocket.
    33yo mom of two. My surgical history...preadolescence scoliosis, kyphosis, and a hot mess.... 5 spine surgeries and lots of items added I wasn't born with (titanium, peek, surgical steel). Guess cremation is out. TSA loves me.
  • I had 3 levels fused and 3 days in hospital. It was $200,000. The doctor was only around $20,000. Luckily I have Federal BCBS and only had to pay $450 of it.
    Artificial disc at L5S1 for 10 years. Had 3 Level lumbar fusion and Laminectomy on Sept 27, 2013. It was an OLIF (Oblique Lumbar Interbody Fusion) with cages, BMP, rods & screws. Norco, Plaquenil
  • My 2 level fusion (4 hour surgery) and 4 days/3 nights in the hospital came in around $100k. The hospital billed $450k, but only got paid slightly over $50k by my insurance. The rest of the fees came from my spine surgeon, vascular surgeon, and the team that monitored my nerve activity during surgery. I ended up paying around $2k to satisfy my out of pocket max.
    10/28/13 - ALIF, PSF, decompression at L4/L5 and L5/S1
  • I ended up paying 8k.... two years in a row....
    33yo mom of two. My surgical history...preadolescence scoliosis, kyphosis, and a hot mess.... 5 spine surgeries and lots of items added I wasn't born with (titanium, peek, surgical steel). Guess cremation is out. TSA loves me.
  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 9,842
    Surgical costs can differ from state to state. Plus there are so many different variables that it is impossible to provide a accurate cost estimate.

    The good folks here have provided some very good details about potential surgical costs.

    I think the best path you can take at this point, is to talk this over with your doctor's business office as well as the hospitals business staff. There are so many 'behind the scene costs' that even if you listed the

    • - Doctor
      - Their team
      - Anesthesia
      - Recovery room
      - Nurse / staff
      - Doctor and associate visits
      - Medications
      - Hospital bed
      - Supplies
      - etc
    some will be left off. But if you can get a figure to be close, give or take lets say 10% that is a good starting point.
    Ron DiLauro Spine-Health System Administrator
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences
    You can email me at: rdilauro@veritashealth.com
  • Oh wow, thanks for all your experiences in the "other" pain and suffering department. lol. I saw the surgeon and they are starting the ball rolling on the surgery and I'll talk to the business office tomorrow.
  • My surgery is scheduled for March 3. The surgeon's fee to me will be under 900$. I have to pay the hospital around 1,100$ and other drs/anesthesiologist etc. I'm thinking it will all be around 3 thousand.
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