Re: Arthoplasty/Meniscus repair w/ dermal graft
I'm sorry that you have to resort to this- where is the graft coming from??
I don't know if you have seen my previous posts but I had a temporalis muscle graft in Feb. My opening was usually at 10mm or less. Recovery wasn't all that bad, certainly not any worse than the previous surgeries I have had (all listed under the "how many surgeries have you had" thread). My opening is now around 20mm and i could probably push it to 26-ish. The pain is a little better, but I am now in the "honeymoon period."
Will you keep your disc AND have the graft? Or will they remove your disc? You say "repair" but I'm not sure exactly what you mean. Has the doctor discussed with you what happens if it is not repairable?
Anyway, there are ways to help you with the bill. Ask your surgeon about "Care Credit" which is a type of credit card that can help you with the surgery costs. From what I have heard the interest is kind of high, but it's better than nothing right? You might also want to talk with the hospital, as I'm sure they know of some programs.
Another thing... will your insurance be paying for the anesthesia costs, hospital stay (I recommend staying at least overnight, it makes a huge difference), medications during your stay, etc? If not, depending on where you live, be prepared to pay at least 10-15 thousand more- and that might be something else to speak with the hospital about.
I hope you are doing ok, and keep us updated about your surgery.
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Last edited by goodwillstacy; 04-19-2005 at 02:35 PM.