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Do you know the cost of surgery?

Posted by LouSue on 2/02/99 at 00:00 (004409)

I am american indian and just found out (after a 4 month wait for an appointment) that there isn't any money in the system for a foot surgery. Anyone who knows what your insurance paid for removal of bone spur, Please respond. I hurt so much now after 3 years that amutation sounds good. I will get a loqn to pay for the surgery if necessary.
Thanks to all who help!

Re: Do you know the cost of surgery?

BarbJ on 2/03/99 at 00:00 (004430)

Dear LouSou, I really feel for you but unfortunately do not know how much the surgery costs. It must be pretty expensive given the cost of everything medical these days. But I believe (and please, anyone, correct me if I am wrong) that surgery does not remove the heel spur, it releases the plantar fascia to relieve the tension on it which causes the heel spur in the first place. You may want to read this site and pick up some helpful tips on what has helped others the most. One of the alternatives to surgery may be the new 'orthotripsy' procedure they are doing in Toronto right now. I believe this would be much less expensive than surgery and it has apparently been successful for many people so far. (You should definitely ask now many it has not helped!) It is still quite new in Canada and has not been approved by the FDA for use in the U.S. yet but may be by the end of the year. If you go to the website, http://www.orthotripsy.com , you can find the information about it. I am waiting to see the full results of the trials in the U.S. but am considering having this done myself. I wish you the best of luck.

Re: Do you know the cost of surgery?

debbie on 2/03/99 at 00:00 (004434)

I had surgery on one foot and it was a couple thousand dollars or more, I can't remember. I had a pf release and removal of a bone spur. I don't recommend surgery to you. It is not the bone that is hurting, it is the tissue around it. I backed out of surgery on my other foot since it wasnt successful completely. I did acupuncture and it worked . had it done on both feet. My surgery foot is the foot that sometimes bothers me. I am back to aerobics and whatever Iwant to do. Debbie

Re: Do you know the cost of surgery?

Susan on 2/05/99 at 00:00 (004519)

I was told that if I were paying cash (no insurance) the surgery would cost $8,000 to $10,000 per foot. This is with the dr. who operated on Mark McGwire. I think there are many things you should try before you have surgery even if you had the money for it. Keep reading. I think orthotics are your best bet. Also, you might want to find out if there is any group that gives freebies to your community. I'll see what I can find out.