Hi all. I wanted to share this with you because I know I had no idea at all how much a single-level, minimally invasive TLIF fusion could cost.
Prior to this surgery, I'd had two microdiscectomies and they were both less than $10,000, which I guess seemed like what I would expect. (This is all with Anthem Blue Cross HSA high deductible coverage, if that helps).
My third surgery was almost 4 weeks ago and I just got the EOB and I almost choked...I stayed in the hospital for a total of 2 nights, had an I.V. for one of those nights, no morphine, just oral meds. My surgery was minimally invasive, single level with 4 titanium screws and 2 rods, plus a plastic spacer in the disc space. The grand total, minus any surgeon's fees so far, was $90,000, of which $66,000 was the implants.
I am almost positive that I will not have to pay any of this as I have met all my OOP expenses for the year, but I cannot imagine how people can ever afford this surgery without good insurance. I hope this helps someone who might be curious.
Left leg radiculopathy/sciatic pain
L5/S1 microdiscectomy - May 30, 2014
L5/S1 microdiscectomy - Aug 14, 2014
L5/S1 TLIF - Sept. 24, 2014
Left-side screws/rod removed along with bone fragment Dec. 29, 2014