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Finally!! I got the approval and have scheduled the surgery!!

Post  KimbaK on Thu 27 Mar 2014, 8:24 pm

I finally got the approval from the insurance company.  I met with the surgeon and have tentatively scheduled the Nerve Decompression Surgery for April 25th.  I have to do the psych eval first so I scheduled that for 4-11-14.  

I'm nervous and hopeful.  Per the doctor, surgery takes about 2 hours due to positioning, etc... The full recovery takes about 90 days he said.  He said I'll be in pain for about the full 90 days before I will notice any improvement.  Part of me hopes that since I'm in pain all the time now, the pain from the surgery will be marginal.  

He has to shave part of the back of my head.  Not crazy about that, but... I said I'd do anything to get rid of the pain.  I'm scared of being hopeful.  I swear everything that could crash down on my head this week has.  I feel cursed or something.   Everything else I've tried to manage the migraines has failed so I'm scared to hope this will be the silver bullet.  

I had a horrific migraine today and am still not doing so well so I'm going to cut this short.  

Love to all and will check back in tomorrow.

K

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Post  tortoisegirl on Thu 27 Mar 2014, 9:08 pm

Congrats! I hope you find it helpful. Best wishes.

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Post  7777Trinity on Fri 28 Mar 2014, 3:22 pm

Kim
I am so happy for you!! My Anthem BC/BS insurance denied me. I haven't tried Medicare but will now since yours was approved. Can you ask your surgeon which medical codes he used for the insurance claim and inbox them to me here. Maybe my surgeon can use the same codes with my Medicare and get this approved.

I am so happy for you!!!

We just did an emergency appeal to Anthem BC/BS and hope they will  approve it, we will know by Tuesday.

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Post  Sara79 on Fri 28 Mar 2014, 8:45 pm

Congrats! So happy for you!

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Post  30yrsofheadache on Sat 29 Mar 2014, 1:05 pm

That is fantastic news. I look forward to hearing about your recovery! This surgery is on my list to investigate if Menopause does not give me adequate relief.
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I'll try to get codes for you Trinity

Post  KimbaK on Wed 02 Apr 2014, 8:30 pm

I'm waiting to hear from the nurse for my pre-registration. When I do, I will ask what codes they used. You can look up my surgeon on the net if you want to. His name is Azul Jaffer. He is a plastic surgeon in Sugarland, TX. He actually has a specific tab for the migraine surgery on his website. Maybe that will provide some answers too.


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Kimbak Thank YOU!

Post  7777Trinity on Thu 03 Apr 2014, 7:43 am

Kim
Thanks so much!!! We did an "emergency appeal" with Anthem BC/BS and are supposed to have their decision today. I am praying that God's mercy will prevail!

I am so happy and so excited for you, April 25th right?!! That's the day after my birthday Smile OMG you must be counting down the days Smile

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Post  Platypus on Fri 04 Apr 2014, 6:56 pm

Congrats Kim! Hope the surgery brings you relief, that would be so grand.

Keep us informed.

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Post  milo on Sat 05 Apr 2014, 10:07 am

That is so awesome Kim! Can't wait to hear how it all goes.
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Post  7777Trinity on Mon 14 Apr 2014, 5:47 pm

Kim
My husband called your surgeon in Sugarland TX and got the wording and the codes. They said Anthem BC/BS and Medicare both will accept those.

Thank you so much for giving me your surgeon's name because these guys have to stick together! I'll let you know what happens Smile I know you must be getting excited, less than 2 weeks for you!

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