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Surgeons, medical device makers find insurers resisting costly back fusions

There are 31 comments on the TwinCities.com story from Jan 29, 2011, titled Surgeons, medical device makers find insurers resisting costly back fusions. In it, TwinCities.com reports that:

There's nothing like back pain. Just ask Dan Hoxworth, 50, of Mahtomedi. Beyond watching his father and brothers suffer from disc problems over the years, Hoxworth has felt the pain personally with herniated discs in each of the past three decades.

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C Level Compression

Saint Paul, MN

#26 Jun 11, 2013
13 years of dealing with this spine problem can be difficult to live with. Any of the recommended Surgeries could actually make the problem worse, so jumping into surgery is extremely risky. Trying to avoid any action that would aggravate it is constant. There are occasions where it can act up and that is where SHORT TERM pain medications can help, however, you now can be labeled as abusing pain medications, even if you do not, and it goes into your medical record, which makes eyebrows raise when you see any provider, since they all have access to electronic medical records. The Doctors are under scrutiny if they prescribe any pain medications, so they red flag you if you ask. This article tells me if the insurance companies approve pain medications instead of the risky surgery, they should co-ordinate their views with the Doctors and Clinics (And Our Government), so they stop criticizing the patient who may need the pain medication, and just prescribe it without belittling the patient.
Another treatment that can make this type of problem worse is Physical Therapy. Yes, it can work for some, but everyone is different. After 6 different times, it has always made it worse. It was a waste of time and Money for both insurance and myself. Just because the medical books say it should work, doesn't mean it does.
Yep

Saint Paul, MN

#27 Jun 11, 2013
highland guy wrote:
Hoxworth also went through a back-strengthening program at Physicians Neck & Back, a practice that's owned by HealthPartners and promotes exercise as a way to prevent back woes. Hoxworth completed the program about two years ago, but still regularly performs back-strengthening exercises he learned from the medical group.
So HealthPartners is steering patients into their company-owned treatment facility? Is this any different from what the back surgeons are being accused of?
You hit it right on! And, I would bet all insurance companies would have you go to their affiliates to keep the dollars in their network circle. Physical therapy can be costly, and does not always work. They don't care if it makes it worse, they want you to keep making those appointments.
Not all of it

Saint Paul, MN

#28 Jun 11, 2013
Al Gore wrote:
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I think the difference is that Health Partners is paying the bill?
Most people who have health insurance PAY high premiums, co-pays and percentages. That includes people who have Health Partners insurance, unless of course it is through the welfare system and then all taxpayers are paying for it anyway.
Look to the Good Memories

Saint Paul, MN

#29 Jun 11, 2013
dc wrote:
I wish they where doing this before we lost my dad after surgery. He lived 14 months with an open wound paralyzed from the chest down. His spine literally rotted. At the same hospital dr. Baker killed someone during back surgery. The doctor who did my dads surgery license was taken in ca. Texas let him come here and practice. Warning to everyone know your doctor before letting them open your back. Don't trust or take for granted that they know what they are doing. Rip John puente Beaumont Texas love you and miss you.
Thank you for your post. If it helps just one person who may be contemplating spine surgery it was a blessing. I'm sorry for your loss. I saw a man recently with his neck completely hanging to his right side. You could tell it was stiff and he could not raise it or turn it any other way. It was heart breaking and my first thought was a bad surgery.
I suppose there have been some success stories, but your situation shows proof that not all Doctors are qualified for this type of risky surgery and people should always question regardless if the Doctor likes it or not. Second opinions and even more should be covered by all insurance companies, and a good caring Doctor would not be offended.
RIP Becca

Saint Paul, MN

#30 Jun 16, 2013
dc wrote:
I wish they where doing this before we lost my dad after surgery. He lived 14 months with an open wound paralyzed from the chest down. His spine literally rotted. At the same hospital dr. Baker killed someone during back surgery. The doctor who did my dads surgery license was taken in ca. Texas let him come here and practice. Warning to everyone know your doctor before letting them open your back. Don't trust or take for granted that they know what they are doing. Rip John puente Beaumont Texas love you and miss you.
A dear friend of mine was coerced into back surgery. Her incision was left open because they said it should heal from the inside out. ABSURD! She got infection and died shortly after. Of course she was just a Senior Citizen and not a Governor, Congressman, Mayor, or CEO, so what do they care. She was better than any of them could ever be.
Thank you

Saint Paul, MN

#31 Jun 16, 2013
carolrv wrote:
In my health care career of 45 years I cared for many patients who had had back surgery as described in this article, with insertion (and removal, or replacement) of hardware. Many had multiple procedures and chronic pain afterwards. Then they sometimes had devices implanted to attempt to treat the chronic pain. I have disc problems myself and a lifetime of periodic back pain, but my experience at work has taught me that surgery does not always make the pain better.
You are a wise person and not afraid to give your opinion which is admirable seeing as you work in the field. Most would clam up for fear of retaliation and loss of job.

Since: Jun 13

Lumbini, Nepal

#32 Jun 19, 2013
I have no doubt the insurance companies are interested in protecting their bottom lines, but when roughly one-third of our health care spending in the U.S. ends up right in their pockets they should look to their own house first. Insurance CEOs rake in outrageous salaries, perks, and bonuses for running a paperwork-processing red-tape-making company looking out for their profits,
Robert

Brooklyn, NY

#33 Jul 29, 2013
Yes there are several problems related to back pain. There are several problems with these operations that are posted by patients online and at http://davincilawsuit.blogspot.com/ .

Since: Jan 11

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#34 Oct 3, 2013
Look to the Good Memories wrote:
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Thank you for your post. If it helps just one person who may be contemplating spine surgery it was a blessing. I'm sorry for your loss. I saw a man recently with his neck completely hanging to his right side. You could tell it was stiff and he could not raise it or turn it any other way. It was heart breaking and my first thought was a bad surgery.
I suppose there have been some success stories, but your situation shows proof that not all Doctors are qualified for this type of risky surgery and people should always question regardless if the Doctor likes it or not. Second opinions and even more should be covered by all insurance companies, and a good caring Doctor would not be offended.
I suffer with neck pain and I refuse to have surgery after watching my Dear Dad live in pain for 14 months. He was told without the surgery he would never walk again. Was he lazy not at all. He raised 5 children helped raise 12 grandchildren and worked until the Monday of his surgery. Were we ignorant to trust yes. I will not stop educating the public on how important it is to do your research before trusting a doctor/hospital. I will continue exposing them. After researching I have found 44 lawsuits against 4 doctors at the same hospital. These aren't frivolous lawsuits many innocent lives were lost. If Anyone ever needs assistance in research please feel free to email me [email protected]
Dlp

United States

#35 Oct 3, 2013
RIP Becca wrote:
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A dear friend of mine was coerced into back surgery. Her incision was left open because they said it should heal from the inside out. ABSURD! She got infection and died shortly after. Of course she was just a Senior Citizen and not a Governor, Congressman, Mayor, or CEO, so what do they care. She was better than any of them could ever be.
Sorry for your loss. It's heart breaking to watch a loved one suffer. I never thought things like this happened.
yournewsource

Ahmedabad, India

#36 Oct 8, 2013
There is back pain and there is a fire like pain that goes down your leg due to a disk problem.

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