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Postby dcoxy » Tue Jun 12, 2007 12:18 am

I am scheduled to see a neurosurgeon in a couple of weeks but am curious to know if there is a network of Dr.s who are more experience with this particular surgery, and how i can find out who. I am in utah.
Also does anyone know around what this procedure costs? any information is greatly appreciated. Thank you!

Postby kathymichelle » Tue Jun 12, 2007 12:45 am

Hi there, we need more information. What procedure? Everyone varies on what they have done.
And the doctors charge differently, IN network, out of network, what your insurance company will need to check with your insurance company first. They can give you more information than any of us can.
BUT, for instance. My hospital stay was 6 days for a posterior fossa decompression with extraction fusion-100k and I paid I think 103.00. The hospital was IN network.

The doctors on the other hand were OUT of network, you have to do your homework, get approvals if you are going out of network if not, then you are set!

Next, in Utah, I don't know the doctors in that area. If you go to you can find a doctor list.
Also, here is a map of doctors across the country that are chiari qualified; here is the link for that..

I hope I began to answer questions, I know its tough, but you don't want just anyone operating on you without proper knowledge.
BTW, who diagnosed you?
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Postby mac » Tue Jun 12, 2007 1:12 am

Good advice from Kathy, but just wanted to add about Dr. Oro near Denver would be a good option. He's excellent, we hear wonderful feedback about him and he's one of the super specialists in CM/SM.



Postby razzle51 » Tue Jun 12, 2007 5:00 am

Dr. Oro would be excellant and close to you
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I am in Utah too

Postby anjayrose » Tue Jun 12, 2007 11:40 am

I am in Utah too.....who are you seeing?
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Postby dcoxy » Tue Jun 12, 2007 3:18 pm

Right now i am scheduled to see Dr. Reichman in Salt Lake. I have heard from a few people that he is great. Oh, and it is for the decompression surgery, i didn't specify earlier. I am staying in network so my insurance covers it but will still have a percentage out of pocket. so who are you seeing in Utah?

Postby anjayrose » Tue Jun 12, 2007 4:56 pm

I see Dr. James Burns at the U of U and also Dr. Diana Banks. She is out of my network. I am seeing her for 2nd opinion and boy it is costing me big time!
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Postby precious » Tue Jun 12, 2007 7:04 pm

I am also In utah (and please forgive me this is a little off track) i actually am waiting for my referall to work it's waythrough the sytem. I am excited to see that there are 2 of you that are here dcoxy and anjayrose. My NL told me last Mon that he was sending in my referal to the NS dept at the U of U and I called up there today and they told me they had not recieved my referal yet. So i asked if i could make the appt myself and they told me no. So i called my NL office back and they told me it would take them 2-3 weeks to get all my info gathered up and sent off to the the U. Did it take this long for either one of you to see your NS? I am still new at this so i dont know what the surgery is that you are going for, do you gave Sm or CM? Are you happy with your experiences with yur NS?
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Postby anjayrose » Tue Jun 12, 2007 10:09 pm

I actually did not have that much trouble getting in to see the NS at the U. But that is probably because I went from the NL at the U straight to the NS and I have the University insurance. It still took a while for the appointment because of the back up of people. Also, if you have trouble with your billing at the University please feel free to email me. I work in their billing department. I had a great experience with the NS at the U. Even though you see a student they treated me well and explained things to my level and even showed me my MRIs which my NS didnt do. Also, dont be scared if you see the inmates up there...LOL Kinda startled me the first time I saw them.

I am still going thru the DX process....they started with chiari and then changed their minds to a mass and now it is a tethered cord. We will see what it is this time when I go in....ROFL! I would love to keep in contact with you guys from Utah. My email is

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