Monday, June 24, 2013
The $46,000 Question
Which of these Cardiovascular Surgical Suites looks to you like it is worth a $46,000 bill? They all look remarkably like the room where I recently underwent a Dynamic Cerebral Angiogram to take 3D pictures of my carotid arteries and the associated pseudo aneurisms. Less than an hour for the procedure. Seven people working on me -- from the neurosurgeon to the several nurses to the technicians to the radiologists taking the pictures.
I have to be honest, I was petrified a few days before the procedure. Which is not really like me. I was extremely anxious and had a hard time taking deep breaths. You see, the procedure has to be done while you're awake. They provide some amount of sedation but because of the high risk for stroke or damage to the arteries, the neurosurgeon has to be able to communicate with you during the procedure to be sure that he hasn't done anything neurologically damaging to you.