north american spine institute
i have recently been diagnosed with degenerative back disease and of course been reasearching all options.i have heard horror stories about back surgery so when i saw laser procedures i was excited. the first was laser spine institute, which i found too many fraudulent practices and high number of lawsuits. i went as far as getting my cost for the procedure which was 4k thru blue cross blue shield, very doable. the next that and was impressed was north american spine for mimially invasive surgery. my dr. would be Dr. Kenneth Alo of houston. i find no bad reviews on him. however when i was quoted the cost, i was told $12,500. so i called the ins co. and they told me if they are in contract with bcbs, then it is 80% no more than 4k.
two questions... has anyone been quoted the same cost and fought it ?
has anyone used Dr. Alo? what are your thoughts of him? im still skittish because good reviews are great, but there werent many. i want to hear from someone that actually went to him and how it turned out..... anyone please help. im about to go next week to meet him and i want to be sure i have the right person
ok another question... are there alternatives to these procedures that have actually fixed the problem? i do not want to relieve the pain i want a fix