Please could I have an approximate cost for a full pericardiectomy in the US?
I have had dry, re-current pericarditis for two years, and plan to have a full pericardiectomy in 3 years time if the condition does not improve.
(mainly as the steroids I take are having rare side effects, and the pericardium will thicken over time resulting in further deterioration)
Im currently based in Australia, and there seems to be a lack of knowlege surrounding the procedure here. So I plan to travel to the US (if the condition deteriorates) and have a consultation/ procedure performed by a surgeon that has much experience in removing the pericardium.
Im currently saving my pennies just in case, and this is a last resort - but if anyone can recommend a surgical expert, and the approximate costs envolved I would be very grateful indeed!!
I would also love to hear about
any experiences with the procedure and any hints or tips towards recovery, if possible.
Post Edited (Esky) : 12/1/2009 1:31:26 AM (GMT-7)