When you’re told that you might need back surgery, there are a couple of different reasons you might be concerned. In addition to the natural nervousness that you’ll likely experience leading up to an operation, you might also be worried about the cost. The price of back surgery is on the rise, putting a growing strain on patient bank accounts across the country. Even if your medical insurance is involved your deductible and other out of pocket fees will be a factor to consider. You need to be fully aware of the cost of back surgery in Culver City – not to mention more affordable, natural forms of treatment that can deliver the same results.
How Costly is Back Surgery?
According to Forbe.com, low back pain treatment in the United States is a $60 billion dollar industry. A major reason for this is the high price of back surgery. For example, lumbar spinal fusion, one of the fastest growing types of back surgery in the past decade, usually costs between $60,000 and $110,000 per procedure. Furthermore, in addition to the price of the procedure itself, you also need to think about work loss, disability, and the total of other indirect costs. In short, if you choose a surgical solution for your back pain, it’s likely to take its toll on your wallet.
What makes the expensive nature of back surgery all the worse is that there’s no guarantee it will actually help solve the problem. Most spine experts estimate that about a third of patients have successful back surgery outcomes; another third don’t see any change at all while the last third are actually worse off after treatment. As such, unless back surgery is absolutely your only option for stopping your pain, you need to give serious consideration to whether it will be worth the price.
What Other Options are Available?
It should be noted that in many cases, paying for back surgery is entirely unnecessary. Less expensive forms of treatments can deliver the desired results without the need for invasive procedures or drugs. One common solution is non-surgical spinal decompression. It involves a special table controlled by a computer. As you lay on the table, the lower half will slide back and forth; this helps stretch and relax the spine, relieving some of the pressure being placed on the spinal discs and allowing them to return to their original shape and position. Doing so will stop the pain associated with bulging or herniated discs as well as other forms of back pain. Additional procedures may be recommended depending on your needs.
Before you commit to back surgery, you should take the time to explore spinal decompression in Van Nuys as well as other alternatives that could less expensive and potentially more successful. A pain-free lifestyle should come at a reasonable cost, and your chiropractor can make that a reality.
About the Author
Dr. Brigitte Rozenberg has been helping patients in the greater Los Angeles area since 1995. Her specialty at Spinatomy Spine & Disc Centers is non-surgical spinal decompression and other non-invasive solutions for back pain and other forms of discomfort. Her practice offers a number of financing options and can help with insurance claims. To schedule a consultation, visit her website or call (310) 482-3252.