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ACDF did you spend night in hospital?

My insurance company said okay the surgery, but not the night in the hospital. Last time my blood sugar was all over the place, I had trouble swallowing and don't remember pain because I had the pain pump. Not that I like hospitals, but I am not comfortable coming home after having this surgery. What's with the insurance company??? Will call the doctor's office on Monday.


  • shortfuse5691sshortfuse5691 Posts: 407
    edited 02/07/2015 - 2:16 PM
    Mine was done as a out patient, was there 23 hours after the surgery was over which is considered a out patient. Cervical is different then lumbar.
    2005-ACDF with Corpectomy at C3-C-5.
    2006-L4-L5 diskectomy.
    2009-Cervical laminectomy at C3.
    Steroid injections series x 4.
  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 9,865
    the doctor or hospital.
    The decision is in the hands of the insurance companies.
    The only way to get an extra day/night is if your doctor writes a "necessity' document that details why you need to stay.
    Even with that, there is never a grantee that the insurance company will agree.
    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
  • Motor1MMotor1 Pittsburgh, PaPosts: 556
    I spent one night in hospital with my first ACDF surgery. When I had my second neck surgery, it was done posterior & I stayed in the hospital 2 nights because they couldn't get my pain under control. It's a shame that the insurance companies dictate how long a person has to stay in the hospital after such a surgery.
  • not what the insurance says. Insurance plays too much into these things. I think though that if you are having issues that require you to stay overnights, the insurance cant dictate that. I was pretty much rushed out of the hospital at 9pm so I wasn't an overnight visitor. I wasn't doing all that bad though. My blood sugar was high but I didn't have diabetes. They still insisted on giving me insulin and sending me on my way.
    Tracie C
  • I also stayed overnight for ACDF. My blood pressure actually got high overnight and they ended up giving me meds. I was glad I was able to stay the night.
  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 9,865
    system, the Insurance companies dictate so much. What is covered, what is not, the list is endless and many times its negative for the patient.
    You would be amazed at how many patients are denied an extra stay in the hospital, even after the doctor wrote a letter of intent, justifying the medical necessity for the stay.

    Insurance companies look at things more as black and white and not from the patients view.
    Sad, but true.

    I dont know of a doctor who doesnt fight this. Its an ongoing battle. And it gets worse for Medicare patients.
    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
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