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How much did the Microdiscectomy cost you?

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I'm poor but desperate enough to seek a surgery after suffering more than 10 years. It’s very important for me to know and plan ahead how much I have to save for the surgery. I totally understand it all depends on your condition, insurance, etc. However, if you had the L5-S1 Herniated Disc Microdiscectomy before, please share your financial side of the story with me. If you prefer, you can message me. Thank you!
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replied May 2nd, 2011
Extremely eHealthy
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replied May 10th, 2011
Hey
I just had a miceodiscectomy today on L5/S1. My insurance covered it all, but the bill to insurance was for about $32,000, though I'm sure there are cheaper surgeons. Be careful, though. It's very easy for surgeons to mess you up pretty good in this area, and you should make sure you go with a really good orthopedic surgeon at a well respected hospital. Also, about 15% of patients who do everything right post op and do almost nothing for the 6 month recovery reherniate and need the surgery again. Also, they have to do an MRI of your lumbar spine first (if you don't have a recent one '+/- 1 month,') thata expensive, too. My insurance was billed a few thousand for that, as well. If you can wait until 2014, when everyone will be forced to get health insurance under the Affordable Healthcare Act of 2011, you should be able to get insurance at reasonable rate. However, if your pain is in your leg, and it's sciatica (which it probably is) you might get the surgery to find out that your nerve has already been programmer and can't get better. I thought it was a hamstring for 6 months and they said that even after just that long that that was a possibility. If you have any questions you can message me. I'll help u as best as I can (I'm a med student) but I really wish u the best of luck. I feel for you, as I know how much these types of injuries hurt and interfere with your daily life. I really hope you get the relief you deserve. All the best,

Mike

I really wish u the best of luck
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replied August 17th, 2011
Mike, Have had sciatica since May... had chiro and finally 2 steriod shots which didn't work. Now looking at microdiscectomy. My pain in in my thigh and stinging down side of shin.... I've heard that the discectomy really helps people with that sort of leg pain. I don't have the back/butt pain anymore probably due to the shots. I'm concerned about the reoccurance and just wondering if I should just try PT and wait for it to go away. Had it for 6 months 11 years ago and woke up one morning and it was gone. What do you think? Anything similar to yours?
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replied September 12th, 2011
microdiscectomy costs
I am about 3 1/2 weeks post-op from my microdiscectomy, and am very happy about the procedure as my sciatic pain is nearly gone Smile

I have no insurance so am having to pay out of pocket for everything :/

The surgeon and assistant surgeon cost roughly $5,800
The fees from the surgery center were about $8,000
The anesthesiologist fees were close to $1,750

So all totaled almost $15,550.

Though the surgeon is giving me 20% off for paying those fees within 30 days, and the surgery center says they can work with me a bit because I'm self pay. Most places seem to have a financial assistance program.
I think these charges are pretty average, but this particular surgery took place in Montana.
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replied January 11th, 2012
microdiscectomy cost
I had a microdiscectomy 2 weeks ago, 28 dec 2011. A state hospital in Budapest specialising in neurology. I couldn't wait another day, life and sleep depravated, 3 months of pure torture. Admitted 1 day prior, discharged 4 days following surgery. Sleep and life have returned, pain has all but gone. Total cost 2295USD.
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replied July 3rd, 2012
Hello there grehi
Do you have the details of the budapest surgery?
I am genuinely thinking this will be the most cost effective option available to me.
Kind regards
Delbee
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replied July 4th, 2012
Hello Delbee
Mail me
I'll give you all details.
Best regards,
Graham
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replied March 27th, 2013
i think my first reply failed to send. you can email me

Kind regards,
Grehi
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replied March 26th, 2013
grehi,
could u pls mail me the details of the hospital
u did microdiscetmy
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replied March 27th, 2013
email me
i'm not sure but the 'at' sign may not be accepted on this site
graham.welsh'at'chello.hu
surgeon: otto major.
hospital: americai ut neurology korhaz. budapest
it's been 15 months now since op and i'm feeling as good or if not better than prior. i snowboard, cycle, gym, walk (hundreds of kms). a miracle.
good luck
kind regards,
grehi.
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replied March 28th, 2013
Grehi,
cud also also give me the phone nmbr of the hospital.
wht is ur email id?
Tks for ur help.
Rgds
Mabi
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replied March 28th, 2013
Oops, Sorry I see your email id. Tks I will write to u
Graham
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