After struggling with a severe level of pain and discomfort for many years due to a condition called spondylolisthesis, I was at the desperate stage of trying to find a solution with my back problems. After visiting with various orthopedic surgeons, and requesting advice from friends and colleagues, I was recommended to a surgeon that was most familiar with the type of procedure I required. Unfortunately, the current plan I was under would not have the ability to cover the financial burden necessary to obtain his services because he was not a participant in my network. As a matter of fact, he did not participate with any health insurance carrier network.
After discussing the situation with Mike, my broker for the company medical plan over the past 15 years, he counseled me on the best plan for my needs. At renewal, which happened to be right around the corner, I was able to secure a benefits plan with out of network benefits that virtually saved my life. Dr. Nathanial Tindel of NYC is one of the top spinal surgeons in the USA and I was fortunate that the door had now been opened for a discussion on performing surgery with his expertise. He was willing to accept the out of network benefits that my health carrier plan afforded, which was not a small number.
On January 14th, 2019, I checked into Lenox Hill Hospital in NYC and underwent a surgery which fused the lower 6 vertebrae of my spine using titanium rods and screws. The surgery took over 8 hours to complete and I spent 4 days in the hospital. The amazing thing was that the pain and discomfort I endured for so many years was literally gone. Now I was in a ton of pain due to the trauma of the surgery, but I knew this would heal in time and was confident I was on the right path. Heal I did! Within 90 days I was in the gym and running 3 miles per day. I am now in the best shape I have been in years all thanks, in no small part, to having the right benefits plan from my broker and appropriate access to care with an expert surgeon.