I believe I had it. There was talk of it prior to surgery, but I never asked again after surgery. It's suppose to speed the fusing process, which it apparently did as I'm ahead of schedule by 2.5 months. They do this instead of using cadaver bone or your own bone from the hip.
I had BMP done posterior from L3-S1 on sponges, no cages. I found out after the fact that it hadn't been approved by the FDA. When I confronted my OSS he said we know it works and---thats how they learn! He was two years off a fellowship. It's been 7 months and I'm doing great. My incision was right on my spine and when I woke up I couldn't believe I had been cut.
Last edited by flyonthewall; 01-16-2005 at 05:14 AM.
Thanks for the info... I'm going to mention it to my Dr next time I see him. The last time he told me that his plan was to grind the discs that he removes and use them to fill the cages for fusion.....
I had a laminectomy at the same time as my fusion. The scrapings from the laminectomy were mixed with the BMP along with some ground up donor bone and put on sponges that were laid on either side of my spine. I also have 2 rods and 8 screws. Mine was done by an orthopedic spine specialist.
Gosh, you have gone thru quite a bit, my problems seem terribly small compared to yours! I am happy to hear you are feeling better.....
I was in a car accident, therefore the insurance is no fault ~ do you think I would have a hard time with them paying for BMP?
I didn't know it was off-label and I have no idea how it was paid for. The hospital sent me a bill for $33,000 that they never submitted to the insurance company. After a few phone calls it disappeared?? I don't know if the hospital ate it or the manufacturer of the implant paid it or what. Your best bet would be to have an orthopedic spine specialist/hospital who does it and knows how to bill it. Some procedures with BMP are approved but mine wasn't. If you go to spine.org you might be able to find a surgeon in your area who does it. You need to have a talk with your doctor about whether your thing is approved and/or how it will be paid for. It was someone on the internet who told me my procedure, that I had already had, wasn't approved! It freaked my doctor out when I confronted him.
It's a standard part of the procedure anymore. I didn't know insurance companies would or wouldn't cover it. It's like saying they wouldn't cover the brand of screws they use or the titanium materials.
I think we'd be hard pressed to find any two of us who had the exact same surgery.
I think it's awful how an insurance company picks and chooses what they cover and what they don't within a procedure of approved doctors and approved hospitals. It's not like you get much choice of how they go about something, nor do you get to shop around once you're under anesthesia.