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downinmyheartddowninmyheart Posts: 497
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:26 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
I just opened my first information statement from the hospital for my TLIF. OMG!! 8} I almost fell on the floor!

I had no idea it was going to be this expensive. Over 6 figures!!! No idea. I really am blown away. I have been in the hospital numerous times before and never came close to this.

Anyone else have this experience?

One Love,



  • My surgery was just over 35 grand....they replaced the hardware at L5-S1 and fused L4 to that. Wow...6 figures? I hope your stay was well worth it!! LOL!!
  • my first two surgeries (the fusion and the one to clean out the MRSA 3 weeks later) were 153 THOUSAND DOLLLARS~! then the treatment for the MRSA was insane. I had a nurse come once a week to clean the IV thing in my arm. the vancomycin was incredibly expensive. don't remember those numbers... but yeah... it was really expensive. then I had a third surgery two weeks after the MRSA cleaning (my incision wasn't healing) and I don't remember that figure either. in all, I'm sure it was close to 200 thousand.
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  • Does your insurance pay for that? I wonder why they send a receipt? I don't understand how the system is run there but I'm sure we have in Canada mostly free healthcare. Maybe the waits are long but it sounds like the same there. I worked in Florida a couple of months and after putting an iv in or dressing I had to put a sticker on the wall for how many were used so they could do the billing the next day. Hopefully this system is more upgraded as that was in 1994. I had no idea it cost so much though for one surgery. With 6 figures I wonder if you were staying at a fine hotel. I know it wasn't a joke though. I hope you and everyone are healing well. Take care. Charry
    DDD of lumbar spine with sciatica to left hip,leg and foot. L4-L5 posterior disc bulge with prominent facets, L5-S1 prominent facets with a posterior osteocartilaginous bar. Mild bilateral foraminal narrowing c-spine c4-c7 RN
  • But insurance paid for all but my $100 hospital co-pay and my $20 co-pay to go into the doctors the first time they diagnosed me. THANK GOD FOR INSURANCE!
  • Its a stupid system, but yes they have to bill 6 figures to get paid a quarter of what they bill. If you are concerned about your responsibility is call your insurance company and ask what your "co-insurance", "deductible", and "out-of-pocket" maximum is for the year.
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  • My insurance covers 90% on some and 100% on others. I was still astonished though at the price. Outrageous.

    One Love,

  • Mine was right at $70,000 for the TLIF. My part is somewhere around $1,000...yes, Thank God for good insurance!
  • I just want to thank you guys for sharing this kind of info also.
    More than likely I will be looking at these kind of procedures and bills in the future.

    I priced a 2 level ADR in Los Angeles where I live and it was in the 6 figures. 8}

    Gonna get a passport so I can go get it for less outside the country if need be.
    On the sunny and mild Central Coast of California

    L4-L5 endoscopic transforaminal microdiscectomy June, 2007
    L5-S1 endoscopic transforaminal microdiscectomy May, 2008
  • I live in the UK and we are lucky not to pay for our health care. It may not be a perfect system but hey it's free.

    All we pay for is prescriptions which cost about 12 dollars per medecation.

  • I don't recall the exact amount, but mine was over $60K. My portion because of crappy insurance and deductibles was around $2K.

    I was surprised that the hospital stay was as low as it was - around $1,500 plus meds and a bunch of low cost miscellaneous stuff. The majority truly was for the surgery, both to the surgeon and the hospital for the OR/fluoroscope.
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