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MVD Cost?
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I am trying to get an estimate cost of microvascular decompression surgery and a possible source for it (if available online). It is possible that I will need this surgery so I am trying to gather as much information as possible. Does anyone have an estimate? If so, what does the estimate include (i.e. surgeon, operating room, # of days in ICU, # of days in a regular hospital room, etc.)

Thanks for your help!
Posted on 01/27/11, 10:13 am
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Reply #1 - 01/28/11  8:02am
" Surgeon cost 20,000
Anesthesiologist 2500 (?)
1 day in ICU
6 days in regular room
total cost (I got the breakdown from my insurance) - &60,000 "
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Reply #2 - 01/28/11  8:54am
" I think mine was probably about the same cost in Southwest Louisiana. With Aetna, the out of pocket was probably under 4000.00.
I hope you can find a way to afford it if your surgeon thinks it is the thing to do.
I do not regret my decision to have MVD. Have not had one bit of pain since the surgery, except of course, the headaches for a couple of weeks after. That's to be expected, but they give you pain meds to help. Also, ice packs for the first two days really help reduce the pain. "
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Reply #3 - 01/28/11  8:59am
" Klhoupt,
If you have someone to care for you at home, ask your Surgeon how soon he would allow you to go home. I was out of the hospital after only staying one day and one night. My surgeon told me if I could walk up and down the hall two or three times (with a nurse) without dizziness or any other ill effects, I could go home. "
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Reply #4 - 01/28/11  6:45pm
" Randys wasn't that much in Phoenix, AZ. I'll plug in the numbers when I get home. "
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Reply #5 - 01/28/11  8:50pm
" My guess in all would be around $50,000, though that is not sitting down and putting a pencil to it. I would say also my part out of pocket has been around 4,000. I had my surgery done in Dallas, TX. Insurance was BCBS. I hope you can have it , it is worth it. "
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Reply #6 - 01/29/11  9:30pm
" I had my MVD surgery 5 years ago (Unfortunatley it returned 5 years later almost to the day but this is rare) at Duke University Hospital in Durham, NC. The total cost - hospital, surgion, etc. was $68,000. I had insurance and my out of pocket was $3600. This hospital like most accepted a payment plan for me to pay my portion. "
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Reply #7 - 01/30/11  10:58am
" Thank you all for that information. Melanieka, who did your surgery at Duke? I live in Durham, NC but travel to Johns Hopkins Hospital (Baltimore, MD) because there is a top surgeon there and a Trigeminal Neuralgia Center. It is good to know that the surgery isn't too expensive with the help of insurance. I appreciate everyone's responses! "
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Reply #8 - 02/01/11  3:35pm
" Randy's was about $42,000 in Phoenix. "
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Reply #9 - 02/03/11  9:42am
" Hello-

They MVD surgery itself was $30K and then the hospital stay and anesthesia altogether was another $30K. However, with my insurance, my out of pocket cost was less than $1,400. I think my hospital stay was more b/c i was at New York Presbyterian Hospital in NYC, which tends to be more expensive. "
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Reply #10 - 02/06/11  4:22pm
" My Neurosurgeon was Dr. John Sampson. I would definately contact him. I live on the NC Coast and when I googled "permant fix for TN" Duke came up. My Neurologist in Jacksonville, NC wasn't much help. He wasn't up on all the new procedures that are now available. "

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