It appears you have not yet Signed Up with our community. To Sign Up for free, please click here....



Acid Reflux / GERD Message Board

  • Radiofrequency Ablation, Barrett's Esophagus & Insurance

  • Post New Thread   Closed Thread
    Thread Tools Search this Thread
    Old 10-24-2008, 07:54 AM   #16
    paradiddle
    Member
    (male)
     
    Join Date: Dec 2006
    Location: Florida
    Posts: 64
    paradiddle HB User
    Re: Radiofrequency Ablation, Barrett's Esophagus & Insurance

    Quote:
    Originally Posted by beachcomber3 View Post
    Is your ins. by chance United Healthcare?
    Aetna

     
    Sponsors Lightbulb
       
    Old 10-25-2008, 03:51 PM   #17
    beachcomber3
    Junior Member
    (female)
     
    Join Date: Sep 2008
    Location: Fresno, CA, US
    Posts: 25
    beachcomber3 HB User
    Re: Radiofrequency Ablation, Barrett's Esophagus & Insurance

    Quote:
    Originally Posted by paradiddle View Post
    My wife had Radiofrequency Ablation to treat her Barrett's Esophagus. She is 39 years old and her father died of esophogeal cancer in his 40's. That is one reason why the doctors chose to go with this treatment because of family history.

    Now the insurance company told us that they consider this treatment "experimental" and would not pay for it. So we ended up paying out of pocket. They gave us a big sheet of paper describing why etc.

    Has anyone out there had similar problem with the insurance company?

    She is doing fine and will be re-examined in a couple of weeks. Taking 2X dose of Aciphex as prescribed aslo.

     
    Old 10-25-2008, 03:58 PM   #18
    beachcomber3
    Junior Member
    (female)
     
    Join Date: Sep 2008
    Location: Fresno, CA, US
    Posts: 25
    beachcomber3 HB User
    Re: Radiofrequency Ablation, Barrett's Esophagus & Insurance

    Quote:
    Originally Posted by beachcomber3 View Post
    Hello. I have also had Radiofrequency Ablation for Barrett's Esophagus. Did a stricture form in your wife's esophagus as a result of RFA?




    E=paradiddle;3717909]My wife had Radiofrequency Ablation to treat her Barrett's Esophagus. She is 39 years old and her father died of esophogeal cancer in his 40's. That is one reason why the doctors chose to go with this treatment because of family history.

    Now the insurance company told us that they consider this treatment "experimental" and would not pay for it. So we ended up paying out of pocket. They gave us a big sheet of paper describing why etc.

    Has anyone out there had similar problem ?

    She is doing fine and will be re-examined in a couple of weeks. Taking 2X dose of Aciphex as prescribed aslo.
    [/QUOTE]
    Hello. I hope your wife is recovering well from her Radiofrequency Ablation for Barrett's. How is she doing? Is she still taking PPI's? Did an esophageal strcture ever form?

     
    Old 10-25-2008, 04:39 PM   #19
    beachcomber3
    Junior Member
    (female)
     
    Join Date: Sep 2008
    Location: Fresno, CA, US
    Posts: 25
    beachcomber3 HB User
    Re: Radiofrequency Ablation, Barrett's Esophagus & Insurance

    Are you still having problems with your insurance not wanting to pay for RF Ablation?

     
    Old 10-25-2008, 09:10 PM   #20
    paradiddle
    Member
    (male)
     
    Join Date: Dec 2006
    Location: Florida
    Posts: 64
    paradiddle HB User
    Re: Radiofrequency Ablation, Barrett's Esophagus & Insurance

    Quote:
    Originally Posted by beachcomber3 View Post
    Are you still having problems with your insurance not wanting to pay for RF Ablation?
    We appealed with Aetna but no good. Aetna states that they consider RF ablation "experimental". They will only pay for 3 different invasive procedures or less invasive Photodynamic Therapy.

    My wife is 39 and her father died of esophogeal cancer in his 40's and we appealed based on extreme circumstance and decision of doctor to get in front of her Barrett's. To me Photodynamic and RF Ablation seem to be the same effectiveness.

    She does not have stricture but is going back for a possible 2nd procedure next week. This is followup endoscopy and they may need to do more work while they are down there.

     
    Old 10-27-2008, 10:05 PM   #21
    beachcomber3
    Junior Member
    (female)
     
    Join Date: Sep 2008
    Location: Fresno, CA, US
    Posts: 25
    beachcomber3 HB User
    Re: Radiofrequency Ablation, Barrett's Esophagus & Insurance

    I cannot impress upon you enough to be very careful not to push your luck. While RF Ablation can be a good thing in some instances, it can also bury Barrett's cells deep within tissue making it very difficult if not impossible to see later on. RF can also cause a horrible stricture as well as damage to the lower esophageal sphincter valve.

    Your doctor may be very good, but mine was/is considered to be one of the world's best when it come to RF Ablation for Barrett's. Nevertheless, he burned me too deeply, beyond the lining into the esophageal muscle tissue causing a horrible stricture, permanent scaring of my esophagus and to my lower esophageal sphincter (which weakened this valve). In my case it was not abnormal acid reflux that caused the very small spot of Barrett's, but rather Aleve taken for many years to relieve knee and lower back pain. Prior to my RF treatment I never had abnormal acid reflux, never experienced heartburn -- didn't even know what it felt like . After having RF Ablation I now know well what acid reflux and heartburn feels like. With RF, all I can say is please use caution.

    There's now a very promising treatment for Barrett's waiting for approval. It does not involve burning, chemicals, or cutting. It's called "banding". Here's the link: [url]http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/562444_print[/url]

    Had I known in how dangerous RF Ablation is I would not have had it. It's completely ruined my life - quite possibly shortened it. From what I've been told I'm not the only person suffering from results of RF of Barrett's. You may wish to read this about ablation: [url]http://www3.interscience.wiley.com/journal/118960302/abstract?CRETRY=1&SRETRY=0[/url]

    As for Photodynamic treatment: Do not do it. All the data shows great chance of stricture and other extremely dangerous problems. The patient cannot be exposed to sunlight for a month or more. The "chemicals" used go into other parts of the body, not just the Barrett's cells. It can cause damage to the eyes, even blindness.

    Good luck, and please keep in touch.
    Ali


    Quote:
    Originally Posted by paradiddle View Post
    We appealed with Aetna but no good. Aetna states that they consider RF ablation "experimental". They will only pay for 3 different invasive procedures or less invasive Photodynamic Therapy.

    My wife is 39 and her father died of esophogeal cancer in his 40's and we appealed based on extreme circumstance and decision of doctor to get in front of her Barrett's. To me Photodynamic and RF Ablation seem to be the same effectiveness.

    She does not have stricture but is going back for a possible 2nd procedure next week. This is followup endoscopy and they may need to do more work while they are down there.

     
    Closed Thread

    Related Topics
    Thread Thread Starter Board Replies Last Post
    Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA) for Barrett's Esophagus beachcomber3 Acid Reflux / GERD 0 02-16-2009 01:49 PM
    Radiofrequency Ablation treatment for Barrett's Esophagus Rec'd at UCI Medical Ctr. beachcomber3 Acid Reflux / GERD 0 10-25-2008 04:08 PM
    Have your had Barrett's Esophagus treated by Radiofrequency Ablation? beachcomber3 Digestive Disorders 0 09-07-2008 04:36 PM
    Has anyone out there had Radiofrequency Ablation of Barrett's Esophagus? beachcomber3 Acid Reflux / GERD 0 09-07-2008 04:32 PM
    Radiofrequency ablation questions brianpain33 Pain Management 6 03-15-2008 08:01 PM
    Barrett's Esophagus - I have it and I'm scared! Live-Life-to-Love Digestive Disorders 12 03-02-2008 03:44 AM
    Barrett's Esophagus slsmith1122 Acid Reflux / GERD 19 06-11-2007 08:40 PM
    Barrett's diagnosis Michaelo Digestive Disorders 6 05-19-2004 08:13 AM
    radiofrequency for lumbar facet sclerosis? perianthal Back Problems 3 12-05-2003 05:09 AM




    Thread Tools Search this Thread
    Search this Thread:

    Advanced Search

    Posting Rules
    You may not post new threads
    You may not post replies
    You may not post attachments
    You may not edit your posts

    BB code is On
    Smilies are On
    [IMG] code is Off
    HTML code is Off
    Trackbacks are Off
    Pingbacks are Off
    Refbacks are Off




    Sign Up Today!

    Ask our community of thousands of members your health questions, and learn from others experiences. Join the conversation!

    I want my free account

    All times are GMT -7. The time now is 12:18 AM.





    2019 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved.
    Do not copy or redistribute in any form!