I'm poor but desperate enough to seek a surgery after suffering more than 10 years. Itâs 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!
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,
"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."
I know this was writen 3 years ago, but it is a joke now. Many have been given a cutout. But not those that buy their own policies, like me.
I had a great policy at a great rate, then Obamacare drove up my insurance premium 71.6% in the last 25 months. I'm now paying $7,750 per year for policy with a $10,000 deductible, I'm fine with the high deductible, I picked it 5 years ago because it cost less than 1/2 of a $2,500 deductible policy. Now a lower cost Obamacare policy premium is $12,000 with a $12,5000 family deductible, and other costs my existing policy doesn't have. My insurance company says if no laws are changed my policy will be gone this time next year, and I will be forced onto Obamacare. I'm sad and mad.
I've been 4 years with L5/S1, L4/L5 herniation, I'm so much better, but still have daily pain. This is my 5th day without lortab in 4 years. If I had known 4 years ago I'd still be hurting, I may have opted for surgery.
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?
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
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.
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.
i'm not sure but the 'at' sign may not be accepted on this site
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.
I am suffering from a backache and all the other symptoms you all had experienced. I am looking into the Microdiscectomy . Can I get any update as how everybody is doing and any other news or experience you can share? Most of the prev posts are couple of yrs old:( I appriciate any up dates. Where do I start /which clinic/any Dr. you recommend ( live in San Francisco Bay area)