Are you related to “sponge bob square pants” haha.
Enough of that first where in Australia are you ?
Has the neurologist recommended you have surgery and are they going to be doing the surgery ?
If not ask to see a Nuerosurgeon as these guys do the business.
I had an ACDF done about four years ago which was covered 100% by PHI (Anterior cerviacal discectomy with fusion) .
Absolutely brilliant my nuerosurgeon was amazing .
I had suffered golfers and tennis elbow in both arms for four years sucking down anti inflams like minties my right arm went numb and I went to three Nuerosurgeons - first one did a cortisone shot C5/6 , second one said “we could do surgery if you want whilst looking at CT scan done six weeks earlier” I walked out .
The third Nuerosurgeon looked at the first CTscan and said “Oh Shit” and sent me for a full neck flex ion x/ray a CT with radiation (full spine) and a full spine MRI she then basically booked me in for surgery as soon as possible .
as long as I wake up alive I'm happy
Because it could be worse
Thanks for the reply mate! Haha no relation to spongebob haha!
I made an error in my post. I saw a neuro surgeon. I asked my gp for a referral and he just chose one nearby.
The guy had a quick look at my mri. Didn’t touch me, ask me many questions. Just said it might heal in its own but if not, prob surgery.
I wasn’t at all pleased with the service or experience. Upon further investigation he has many poor reviews etc so I’m going to get a second and third opinion.
Just wanted to get a ball park figure.
Might be worth getting a second opinion from another neurosurgeon.
Johnno might be able to put you in touch with one, although there might be a wait even for the initial consultation (which is what I found recently when looking around).
Definitely do some research, as like anything, there are good ones and not so good ones.
As Johnno pointed out, he saw three neurosurgeons, all with slightly different views on the best way to proceed (which isn't uncommon).
Like you, I don't have PHI, and this *might* be a limiting factor in who can perform the surgery, but they should still be able to have a look at your imaging and history.
In my case, the neurosurgeon I looked at was happy to provide advice to any patient, but didn't do surgery within the public system (which I suspect is common). As it turns out, his office didn't send me the paperwork, and I finally received an appointment from the P.A. Hospital around the same time.
I'm not sure of the specific costs associated with disc replacement surgery, but I've been told I should get one, and according to HCF, the price is around $33,000 (although I'm sure that could easily go north of that as well).
To give you an idea of waiting times (in context of PHI vs the public system), I'm currently going through the public system and so far, it's taken me around 15-16 months just to see a public neurosurgeon at the P.A. Hospital (Brisbane), who suggested a disc replacement, it'll take a while longer to get an MRI performed (depending on queues), and then another 3 months to get back in to see the neurosurgeon.
Unfortunately, unless it's urgent, the public system is not a fast process, so in hindsight, PHI would have been very handy for me (although my current circumstances prevent me from being able to afford it).
But, if I did have PHI, I would have been dealt with by now.
So, even if there is a 12 month waiting period, it will possibly be faster than the public system.