Cost of Liberation in Albany?

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Cost of Liberation in Albany?

Postby bruce123 » Thu Jul 29, 2010 10:35 am

My wife is waiting for her call from Dr. Siskin in NY. We put her name on the waiting list in early May. We are in Canada so we have to pay the full cost. There is no insurance to help us. Can anyone tell me the cost of the full treatment in Albany? I have been unable to get this information.
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Postby Hockeydad » Thu Jul 29, 2010 10:51 am

I think it's on their website. I seem to remember their admin person saying that it "started at 3k". What that means and where it ends , I don't know.
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Postby Trine » Thu Jul 29, 2010 11:03 am

3K angiogram + 2K angiioplasty (if necessary) + 2K per stent (if necessary).
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Postby Shea » Thu Jul 29, 2010 4:07 pm

Trine has detailed the costs. You might want to ask the Dr. if they are doing a follow-up ultra sound the day after the procedure and if so, the cost for the ultra sound. I'm also from Ottawa and I'm scheduled for the procedure in August. Good luck.
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Postby bruce123 » Thu Jul 29, 2010 5:00 pm

Shea,

It is funny how a shared experiance like MS can create a bond between people who have never met. The more we read from others on this site the more we feel like we know them. Our concern and empathy is heartfelt.

With you being from Ottawa the feeling is even stronger. Though we have never met I somehow am pulling for you even more. I don't know your background but I wish you all best. Please post a followup after the proceedure, good or bad. All information is important.

I really find the before and after videos helpful. It is hard to describe levels of disabliity but it is easy to see the improvments, even the ones that seem small to those who have not lived with MS.

About the followup ultra-sound, I thought they always did a followup the day after.

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Postby belsadie » Fri Jul 30, 2010 4:17 am

Hi ALL, I just had angios up in Albany with Dr. Siskin and no follow up sono the day after, but you do leave with an appointment for a 3 month follow up Doppler. It may vary with individual needs, though.
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Postby Dor » Fri Jul 30, 2010 8:20 am

Just received an email with the cost 3,000 venogram, 2,000 angioplasty and 2,000 per stent if needed
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Postby kjwxau » Fri Jul 30, 2010 9:50 am

Interesting prices because I got a call on Monday and the cost was not that high. I was asked if I was interested in coming in and have the venogram ($600). I would like a trial with a IRB before I sign up. They have not gotten appproval yet for a trial. I think it is impartitive that results are showed in a scientific manner
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Postby Blaze » Fri Jul 30, 2010 10:18 am

Kjwxau: Was your call from Dr. Mehta's office or Dr. Siskin's office? Both are in Albany.

As I understand it, Dr. Siskin (an interventional radiologist) has been doing procedures for a couple of months. I think that's where the costs of 3K for venogram, 2K for angioplasty and 2K per stent quoted elsewhere are from.

Dr. Mehta is a vascular surgeon who is awaiting IRB approval. He has not yet begun doing procedures. If any of my information is incorrect, anyone should feel free to correct me.

If it was Dr. Mehta's office you were speaking with, I'm surprised they would be offering venogram without the possibility of immediately doing angioplasty.

Are you sure the $600 quote was for venogram and not for a Doppler or for an MRV?
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Postby Trine » Fri Jul 30, 2010 10:20 am

kjwxau wrote:Interesting prices because I got a call on Monday and the cost was not that high. I was asked if I was interested in coming in and have the venogram ($600). I would like a trial with a IRB before I sign up. They have not gotten appproval yet for a trial. I think it is impartitive that results are showed in a scientific manner




$600 for a venogram? And this is Prevention Care with Dr. Siskin et al.? Somehow this doesn't sound right. Can you elaborate?
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Postby jilthepil » Sat Jul 31, 2010 4:43 am

Dr. Mehta is doing venograms without angio right now. That is what he is offering until he has IRB.

Dr. Siskin placed two stents in me and I did not need ultrasound the next a.m. Additionally - he told me to have an ultrasound of my neck when I felt like I needed it locally with an IR.
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Postby Cece » Sat Jul 31, 2010 6:30 am

jilthepil wrote:Dr. Mehta is doing venograms without angio right now. That is what he is offering until he has IRB.

This changed a week or two ago. Now he is offering treatment.
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Postby newfie-girl » Sat Jul 31, 2010 6:32 am

The Barrie local newspaper in Ont. Canada wrote an article on Barb Farrell's recovery and quoted Dr. Sandy MacDonald saying that" this procedure is very inexpensive, around $1200.00, if it were allowed to be done in Canada! Comments anyone.........why are we paying such exuberant prices. My airfare will cost more than $1200. :roll:
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Postby Hockeydad » Sat Jul 31, 2010 7:58 am

Typical law of supply and demand. When this becomes more available, the prices will drop considerably. I hope,at least, that the Canadian government will allow this as an approved elective surgery. Costs less than a boob job. :oops:
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Postby Cece » Sat Jul 31, 2010 11:17 am

newfie-girl wrote:The Barrie local newspaper in Ont. Canada wrote an article on Barb Farrell's recovery and quoted Dr. Sandy MacDonald saying that" this procedure is very inexpensive, around $1200.00, if it were allowed to be done in Canada! Comments anyone.........why are we paying such exuberant prices. My airfare will cost more than $1200. :roll:

This is the bottom line price that the government would be paying. It is not the 'free market' price.
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