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My surgeon advised me that almost all of the time this is offered, that the insurance will refuse to pay afterwards. That insurance considers it as they approved one level only, and did not approve the two level surgery to take place. I don't know how to communicate this as well as my surgeon's office, but everyone else I've spoken to about this idea has said that there would be a post-surgery denial. I would love to pay for the second level myself. Are you saying that you had a 3 level disc issue?
sara.g said: In the meantime, which could be months, I am very concerned over what I should do about my pain level. I feel like someone is torturing me with hand tools on my neck, it is truly awful. I am on a lot of meds at this point because it has been quite awhile now that I have been dealing with this. I am frustrated. I feel like nothing is really helping me anymore.
sara.g said: I just want to update that my appeals all ended in a final denial via my California Board of Insurance external appeal. However, my some sort of insane luck, my insurance changed their policy on 2-level disc replacements and I will have my surgery next month. I do not know how to explain this sort of luck. But I am definitely going to church this weekend. Now I am mostly concerned about how the surgery will be for me.
sara.g said: Txpenelope!!!! Have your surgeons office resubmit!! Aetna covers 2-level ADR NOW!! I literally got through all my appeals and went through Extermal Review with the board of insurance and got a denial. On July 8th, Aetna changed their policy on 2-level ADRs during their yearly review. I hope this helps you!!