Despite receiving conservative treatment options such as physical therapy and pain injections, many patients still experience severe chronic leg pain. In cases were conservative treatments are insufficient to relieve leg and back pain spine surgeons recommend a minimally invasive spine surgery known as a lumbar microdiscectomy. When confronted with a possible lumbar microdiscectomy surgery, it’s important for patients to understand all medical costs involved with this procedure, as treatment costs vary depending on each patient’s particular complexity.
Spinal discs can misalign, placing unwanted pressure, irritation, and pain on spinal nerves, which often radiate down the buttocks and legs. Spine surgeons typically treat lower leg and back pain from herniated spinal discs, bulging discs, pinched nerves, and sciatica by performing a lumbar microdiscectomy procedure.
A lumbar microdiscectomy is an efficient and relatively painless minimally invasive surgical procedure. Many NJ patients often opt for a microdiscectomy over a discectomy procedure because a microdiscectomy uses minimally invasive techniques that benefit patients. By creating a small incision in the lower back, spine surgeons can operate with potentially fewer traumas on the muscles, less bleeding, and less scarring for their patients. During a lumbar microdiscectomy, a board-certified spine surgeon will often use innovative medical instruments and the latest technology to examine and analyze the affected disc in the lower back prior to removing the irritated herniated area.
Because each patient’s case is unique, patients should anticipate a wide range of costs for a lumbar microdiscectomy. Insurance policies can be complex and may not clearly define coverage. Furthermore, a patient’s health insurance may not fully cover the lumbar microdiscectomy procedure, or alternatively may only require the patient to pay a small deductible. Individuals interested in a lumbar microdiscectomy should inquire with their healthcare provider or the surgeon’s insurance specialist before scheduling the spine surgery.
Many factors that can influence the cost of a lumbar discectomy operation, so it’s pertinent to recognize the ancillary fees. The cost of medication post-surgery may be expensive depending on follow up visits or should your doctor require therapy.
Likewise, patients may have to pay a portion of maintenance fees for the surgical facility depending upon their insurance deductible. To ensure your lumbar microdiscectomy procedure is in a safe and state-of-the-art facility, lumbar microdiscectomy patients should choose a facility that offers advanced medical equipment and surgical suites to ensure proper care post surgery. Another expense factor may be the presence of a neurophysiologist or surgical assistant during the operation. Check with your spine surgeon to learn if this lumbar microdiscectomy procedure is out-of-network.
Patients consulting with an experienced spine surgeon may prefer using a board-certified spine surgeon. Board certified ensures that your spine surgeon is highly trained, with extensive expertise performing lumbar microdiscectomy surgery. NJ patients must understand that the best spine surgeons are not always in a big city. In fact, patients can rest assured that New Jersey is home to an elite team of national spine surgeons, eliminating unnecessary travel costs for the procedure and follow up visits.
The devoted staff at NJSS works with patient’s insurance carriers to keep patient costs reasonable. Depending on each patient’s healthcare plan, the spine surgeons and their NJSS staff diligently tries to keep the maximum out-of-pocket expense as low as possible. The board-certified spine surgeons at New Jersey Spine Specialists clearly inform that patients if there are any anticipated out of pocket costs for treatments and surgeries. However, when surgery is the only available treatment option, the spine surgeons at New Jersey Spine Specialists collectively work to ensure patients receive the treatment they need to live a pain-free life.
Before scheduling your lumbar microdiscectomy procedure, you should ask questions such as expectations, results, costs, and recovery. Patients living in northern New Jersey near Montclair, Summit, and Morristown, NJ are welcome to learn more about lumbar microdiscectomy costs. Contact New Jersey Spine Specialists by calling (908) 608-9619 today.
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