I had retrosigmoid approach
surgery. 9 hour surgery, 2 neurosurgeons and a full hand-picked team, including a technician to monitor facial nerves. I was in ICU for 4 days and a semi-private room for about a half day. No real complications. The surgeon's fee was a total of $28,000. The anesthesiologist's fee was about $5,000. Everything else was included in the surgeon's fee.
The total hospita
l charge was about $60,000. for the 4Ã‚Â½ days, including the operating room charge. The ICU daily rate was over $5,000 a day. A semi-private room was over $3,000. per day. I could have stayed in a suite at the best hotel in America for those prices!
You have to figure in the multiple MRI scans, CT scans, blood work and peripheral pre-op tests and other miscellaneous charges that come up, too.
Fortunately, my health insurance paid the doctor's bills at 100%. I owed the hospital and the and the anesthesiologist a few thousand, which I was able to settle within a few months. I guess the total cost (doctors/hospital) would come to about $100,000.
I also had FSR treatments but, offhand, I don't know the exact cost, just that they were paid in full by my (Blue Cross) insurance. I have read figures of $40,000. to $60,000. but can't verify those. I'm sure others will be able to offer more exact estimates.
By the way: My sister always enjoyed your books. Jim