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[QUOTE=supermom802]To fairieswearboots,

It's great to hear your good news. I believe we had one of our surgeries at the same time. I also used an electronic bone growth stimulator. It was a struggle but my insurance paid 100% of the cost. It was listed at $4,000 on one of my insurance statements. I was able to keep it when I had my second foot done. My foot surgery is also complicated and I just want to be able to walk pain-free and without a limp. Patty[/QUOTE]

Hi Patty,
I have read a lot of your previous postings and I know you have had one heck of a time with your foot surgeries as well. I didn't realize that you also used a bone growth stimulator. I think the price of the BGS probably depends on where you live and on the contract between your health insurance company and the medical device company. Different health insurances in my city seem to be pretty chintzy about paying health care providers. There seems to be frequent negotiations between the two. We are losing some of our best doctors because of the low compensation unless they have strong family ties in this area. Doctors can move to other nearby cities or other areas of the country and make much better money while working less. It is a real shame. We have a medical college and a Children's hospital here but compensation to health care providers is low. I would consider moving elsewhere if it weren't for my close family and friend ties.

Anyway, I took a chance and went ahead and got the BGS so I could get started on using it once my doctor said I needed it. I knew I would get stuck paying out-of-pocket if my insurance didn't approve it. I guess my doctor provided the insurance company with additional information and the representive of the medical supply company worked on getting the approval for coverage of the BGS. I just got a letter from my insurance company last week approving it. The cost here is $2,645 and I will be responsible for 20% - $529. It is well worth it for me since it is working and my bones are now healing. By the time the insurance company sent me the approval letter, I had been using it for 6 weeks already. I am glad I went ahead and got it or I would have just started using it waiting on approval from the insurance company and my bones would probably be about where they were 2 months ago which was not to far along in terms of healing.

My bone growth stimulator is made by EBI. I believe it has 400 10-hour days worth of treatment available and hopefully I will only need 12 weeks worth and have plenty of time left on it if need be in the future. Is yours made by EBI? How long did you have to wear yours per foot? Like you, I just want to be able to walk pain-free and without a limp. Who would imagine that bunion surgery would lead to all of this? I wish you the best of luck with your recovery and I hope to hear from you again soon. Take care.
[QUOTE=fairieswearboots]Hi Patty,
I have read a lot of your previous postings and I know you have had one heck of a time with your foot surgeries as well. I didn't realize that you also used a bone growth stimulator. I think the price of the BGS probably depends on where you live and on the contract between your health insurance company and the medical device company. Different health insurances in my city seem to be pretty chintzy about paying health care providers. There seems to be frequent negotiations between the two. We are losing some of our best doctors because of the low compensation unless they have strong family ties in this area. Doctors can move to other nearby cities or other areas of the country and make much better money while working less. It is a real shame. We have a medical college and a Children's hospital here but compensation to health care providers is low. I would consider moving elsewhere if it weren't for my close family and friend ties.

Anyway, I took a chance and went ahead and got the BGS so I could get started on using it once my doctor said I needed it. I knew I would get stuck paying out-of-pocket if my insurance didn't approve it. I guess my doctor provided the insurance company with additional information and the representive of the medical supply company worked on getting the approval for coverage of the BGS. I just got a letter from my insurance company last week approving it. The cost here is $2,645 and I will be responsible for 20% - $529. It is well worth it for me since it is working and my bones are now healing. By the time the insurance company sent me the approval letter, I had been using it for 6 weeks already. I am glad I went ahead and got it or I would have just started using it waiting on approval from the insurance company and my bones would probably be about where they were 2 months ago which was not to far along in terms of healing.

My bone growth stimulator is made by EBI. I believe it has 400 10-hour days worth of treatment available and hopefully I will only need 12 weeks worth and have plenty of time left on it if need be in the future. Is yours made by EBI? How long did you have to wear yours per foot? Like you, I just want to be able to walk pain-free and without a limp. Who would imagine that bunion surgery would lead to all of this? I wish you the best of luck with your recovery and I hope to hear from you again soon. Take care.[/QUOTE]

Fairieswearboots,

My bone growth stimulator is also made by EBI. I started using mine in September for an earlier surgery and then I used the same one for my surgery in February. The first time I used it for approximately 10-12 weeks. The second time I used it for 8 weeks. My last surgery was not nearly as extensive. I've heard differing reports on whether they are effective or not. Although I have heard they do no harm. It certainly isn't a problem to use when you are sittin around anway.

I live in PA where there are many problems with doctors leaving also. I feel lucky that my orthopedic surgeon (foot specialist) is in the area. What state are you in?

Patty





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