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4489852 tn?1375757551

Dr. Oro, Dr. Henderson, TCI?

So I am in the market for a new NS who can help test for IH, instability, and tethered cord. I was seriously looking at Dr. Henderson, but he is not covered by my insurance and honestly I don't have the fund for that. Dr. Oro is covered by my insurance, but from what I understand he doesn't deal with instability and fusion on a regular basis. I am not sure if TCI is covered or not.

What are your opinions on these three options?

*reminder I have EDS 3, POTS, no synrix, and have already been decompressed.

Thank you!
Sara Jane
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620923 tn?1452919248
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  Hi not having IH I do not have the background to suggest here, but TCI I know DX's and treats and the best thing u can do is contact their financial offices to see if u will be covered with ur INS....to see most of the NS's there u do pay out of pocket as they do not participate except for the head of TCI....but with surgery they do work with ur INS...

Did u talk with Dr Oro or his staff?....if not call and ask as u never know he may be able to refer u if he does not do the surgery himself....

Good luck and keep us posted.
4489852 tn?1375757551
Thank you once again for you input Selma! I looked up and a number of the NS are actually covered by my insurance at TCI! Dr. R and Dr. I both are covered :D I decided to send a new patient questionnaire in this morning so hopefully they get back to me shortly!
1663373 tn?1333639589
Just FYI Dr Oro found my cervical instability and fused my c5c6. It was the best surgical experience I have had. He was extremely knowledgable.
620923 tn?1452919248
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  I am so glad to hear that as it means more of the NS's are working with INS, which they were not doing when I went, but my INS did cover most of it neway so it was not too much for us to pay.

Keep me posted and expect it may take a good 4 to 6 weeks b4 u hear.
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