Huge expenses occurred in scoliosis surgical methods may care you off
If you are serious about getting surgery for your scoliosis problems, it is better that you have it covered through medical insurance.According to various studies conducted across the USA, the average cost estimation comes to about $150,000, which is quite a huge amount. Most of the times, this will be apart from the costs, which are incurred on doctor visits, scanning charges, radiology costs, anesthesiologist consultation costs, hospitalization costs and more. Now the question is about the effectiveness of the surgery.
Surgery is advised only in such cases, where the complexity and intensity of the deformity has gone beyond the stage of corrections through braces and therapy. Moreover, surgery is performed for the reduction pain level in the patient. The other reason to perform surgery is restoration of functional level normalcy back in the patient’s body. According to a survey conducted across USA in the past 3 – 4 years, majority of the patients with initial and mid level scoliosis problems were treated in a non surgical manner itself.This was primarily due to the reason that the problem had not progressed to such an extent from where their heart, lungs or other critical organs’ functionalities could be affected. They all got well from therapy or usage of braces over a period of time.
The chances of complications arising due to surgery also need to be considered. In case of children and adolescents, the chances of complications are quite less, while the adult scoliosis surgery complications seem to be high in %. This is basically because of the bone hardness, other medical issues, complex procedures involved and other factors. The other complications could be blood loss, breaking of rods/post surgery hooks dislocation, spinal fusion failure, post surgical back pain etc.
The over all success rate in case of adults is estimated to range from 60 70% as of today. This is the reason for most of the non critical stage patients to prefer non surgical methods for getting their problems in the long run, which will also save a lot of money for them.