How much did your Nissen Fundoplication Procedure Cost?

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maximus808
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   Posted 12/8/2011 5:48 PM (GMT -6)   
I just spoke to my insurance company and because I met my annual co payment....as long as I do it by December....it will be free.

Most insurances cover 90% if I'm not mistaken.

I was inclined to fly to Europe to do the LINX, but I'm starting to get back to reality and see the whole picture that Nissen may be the better overall option for me.

What are your thoughts?

Thanks.

couchtater
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   Posted 12/8/2011 6:21 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm for the Nissen. I've been very happy with mine for the last two years.

Ps. I did mine in December and my co-pay was $300. :)
Joy

maximus808
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   Posted 12/8/2011 6:40 PM (GMT -6)   
Wow, that's awesome.

Couchtater,

What kind of symptoms did you have. Was it typical GERD or LPR as well. Did you have any stomach pains prior as well. Thanks.

kyheart
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   Posted 12/8/2011 8:10 PM (GMT -6)   
Maximus

I had the Nissen on April 1 this year and I have an HMO.. it cost me $250.00. I had GERD and Hiatal Hernia. I suffered for 12-13 years taking different meds and getting better, getting worse, changing meds.. it was awful.. then the Nissen and I have no regrets.. I have had to recently start on some OTC PPI's due to taking aspirin for a heart problem, but I am off it now and will hopefully get back to no PPI's again... but still no reflux WooHoo!!!
Good Luck with what ever road you choose to travel..

Sandi

maximus808
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   Posted 12/8/2011 8:12 PM (GMT -6)   
Sandi,

Did u have lpr as well.?

Thanks

kyheart
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   Posted 12/8/2011 8:25 PM (GMT -6)   
Yes I did have LPR but I didn't realize that was the term for the reflux that caused me to clear my throat almost constantly and feel as though I had something stuck there and the acid burned my vocal chords it refluxed so high into my throat..
I had the surgery and then found out all of the terminology for what I had experienced..
All better now though..

Your welcome

PPI-LESS
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   Posted 12/8/2011 8:25 PM (GMT -6)   
When it comes down to it, I may have to choose between a TIF or a Nissen and this choice is going to be a hard one.

Nissen: Time tested / Greater Success Rate. However, if the side effects were to occur, they'll be problematic.

TIF: May not be able to clamp down the reflux fully. Long term durability data not available. Is revision really as safe and easy?

I've also been reading about Nissen Hill repair surgery. Are there skilled surgeons doing that at all? How different is it from the Toupet?

dencha
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   Posted 12/8/2011 11:35 PM (GMT -6)   
It cost me nothing (except for my deductable and a percentage of doctor visits).  It was covered 100% by my insurance.
 

bowecho
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   Posted 12/9/2011 1:38 AM (GMT -6)   
I had to pay $200 for the hospital stay, but the rest was covered by insurance.

melange6
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   Posted 1/10/2012 12:26 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi everyone,
I don't have insurance and was curious to know what the cost would be for a person in my predicament?
Any feedback will be appreciated.

Thanks,

Non
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   Posted 1/10/2012 10:41 AM (GMT -6)   
My surgery cost nothing, we have free healthcare in Sweden. I only paid about 150 dollars for all the pre-surgery tests and the hospital stay. If you want to do it with your own money it costs 4500 US dollars.

JTF2mbr
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   Posted 1/10/2012 1:15 PM (GMT -6)   
Here in the Great White North, everything is covered. All pre-op tests and anything that is associated with Health Care are covered. If you want second opinions or have a re-test on any issue it too is covered. I waited 21 days to get my surgery date,(Jan 13) I am not superstitious. Post op care and having a face to face with a Dietitian after surgery and 7hrs. of Home nursing weekly for the first 2 weeks. My surgeon is a Thoracic surgeon who will be assisted by a G.I. specialist. I was given a disc which explained my surgery in layman terms. I have seen my surgeon 4 times in Dec-Jan, and I am quite knowledgeable about what may or may not occur post-op. Our health care system in Canada has taken a hit lately, and there are some waiting times which are acknowledged to be longer than all Canadians would like to see. I am of the opinion that a person needing Health Care must get involved in his care. You can navigate thru the health wilderness and let others tell you how it will go. But if you ask questions and aggressively speak for yourself, the wilderness will become much clearer and patient will receive the best care our Health System can provide. I can't predict how successful my surgery will be, however I know that I have done everything in my power to enter into surgery with a positive mind and knowing that everyone involved is on the same page.

mock turtle
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   Posted 1/10/2012 10:08 PM (GMT -6)   
my insurance covers 50% of everything after i pay 100% of the first 10 thousand dollars in any one year, up to 35k and there after 100 percent up to 400k where i am cut off until the new health care law comes into effect

my medical premium is 258 dollars per month

i am retired but younger than 65 , no medicare

was told nissen fundoplication would cost me around 20 thousand dollars

i spent more than 10k dollars this year trying to find out why i had undiagnosed hematuria, these costs in addition to my gerd lpr problems

ultimately after spending huge amounts of money and many procedures my docs decided that my hematuria was just unexplainable

never was anybody able to connect the dots between my being a celiac and having ibs taking daily aspirin and hematuria

countless tests and theories lead to countless procedures resulting in a dead end and poverty

nobody ever took "responsibility" for my well being, i was just imbued with fear and "what ifs" and encouraged to spend more money on more medical tests

in the end i used the internet to call a stop to the madness

i live in the usa

Post Edited (mock turtle) : 1/10/2012 8:21:03 PM (GMT-7)

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