Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Leaks and Complications and Stuff

At my surgical consult, I asked Dr. Awesome about leak tests and how complications are handled.

He said they don't do leak tests for sleeves any more!

The reason is that they have never found one in the OR. Yet people were getting them later on. They speculated that the leak test itself was actually causing the leaks by putting too much pressure on the staple line.

So they've stopped and, since then, haven't had a leak in over a year.

They do a leak test before you leave if you have any of a number of symptoms, but otherwise not.

As for other complications:

If I have one that requires resurgery, Dr. Awesome isn't going to charge me. The $8995 all-inclusive fee includes that sort of thing. But the hospital and anesthesiologist will charge me. It's $2000 a day for any extra days and $4000 a day if I end up in the ICU. Yikes!

The good news is that for most his patients, insurance picks up the tab for any compliations. I think he said that happens 90% of the time, but don't quote me.

As long as I'm not in the 10%! Better yet would be not having any complications at all.
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