Urolift cost

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Hey all,

I'm 32 years old and have been diagnosed with BPH. I'm currently on Cialis to help with the symptoms.  I've been on it for almost a week and haven't noticed a huge change in symptoms, except last night I was able to sleep through the night.

I had been taking benedryl to help me sleep at night for about 2 years, but found out that this was aggrevating the problem. I was also on Paxil for about 5 years and was told that this could have contributed as well.

I was told that I was a good candidate for Urolift but my insurance doesn't cover it.  My urologist's office told me that they would charge about $500 for his fee, but we would need to do it at a surgical center (I haven't contacted them for an estimate yet).  I then found a urologist that does it in house and asked how much it would cost for him to do it.  His office told me that it would be between $4-7k based on how many implants I would need. 

I read on here that some folks were able to get estimates as low as $2500.  Should I branch out and try to find someone that will do it that cheaply or is the $4-7k number pretty standard? 

Thanks in advance.

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    Hello Dan.  Sorry your having a problem.  Call the surgical center and get a price.  It does not take long for them to do it. You will be bill and then you have to paid it.  I know the center where I had my done .  It was $200.  PS.  Don't let the Dr talk you into anything. At 32 you don't did any of the side effect from some of the others procedures..  I'm in Florida where are you at.  Maybe I can help you find someplace in your area....Ken.
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      I'm in Arizona.

      The urologist actually suggested TURP, which I was talked down from by my primary care physician and my wife. I had to ask about urolift and they said he didn't offer it because my insurance doesn't cover it. We are definitely not done having children, so this is pretty much the only option that I'm aware of.

      Thanks so much for responding. I'm pretty miserable about having to go all the time.

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      At 32 why would they offer it.  Retro orgasms are the pits.  I'm 60 done with having kids but when i had them with a pill I was taking.  It did not feek right.  It seemed like i was missing something.  And it hurt my bladder.  I did not start having problem till last year when a male RM forced a catheter in me.  I will see what I can find.  What insurance to you have?  I forgot tell you I was on cialis do.  Did not help.  Keep the faith I will see what I can find.  I have 2 sons around your age. I could not see them having a turp at that age...Ken. 
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    The Phoenix Valley. Specifically Gilbert, but I work in Scottsdale.
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      Dan  I have about 10 numbers to call on Monday.  I will see if I can find out some cost for you and go from there.  don't worry.  I will find something for you.....Have a good weekend  Ken
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      Dan an Kenneth1955

      Do you guys know what insurance company's are not covering it??.

      I have BC/BS and Medicare.

      Thanks

      Carl

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      BC & BC does not cover it.  I had mine done in April.  Had approvel had it done and then 2 weeks later they said no.  Wellcare (Medicare) 2 weeks after that I got another bill saying they lowered the price.  I paid 1 cent.  It was there error....Ken   
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      Don't tell me that...

      They already scheduled it.

      If they do the surgery an its not covered, I'm not giving them a half of a cent.. It's there job to call an see what's covered or not.

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      I have never had to get an ok from them for any surgery I've had.

      Because medicare is my secondary ins. Cause BC/BS is my primary ins.

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      I called my local surgery center and they said that they would charge about $928 for the procedure, but I don't think that included the actual implants. So the current cost from my doctor and the surgery center is about $1400. 
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      Dan I have not forgotten about you.  I called 3 urology offices and they could not give me a price.  Have 3 or 4 e-mail to others maybe they will help.  Did you ever ask your doctor the cost or can he tell you a center that will do it..Ken
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      That sould be the implants to.  What about the anesthesiogist  You should get the whole thingfor around $3000.  I know a friend of mIt cost him $10.000 or a PAE  Talk later  Ken
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      His office told me that his cost would be about $560, and they told me that I had to call the surgery center what their cost would be, and $928 was their rough estimate. 
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      That seam fine Just check on some other cost.  Don't get talked into anything that is going to hurt you.  If you know what I'm saying.  Your to young for the other problems  Ken
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      Ken,

      You're right. In todays medical world, cost is everything. They did point out to me before the TERP that my ability to have children would be gone after this procedure. I'm in my 60's and my kid-making days are long behind me. TERP is a big deal, but as I mentioned earlier, I did a green laser treatment which was poor. I urinated blood for months, and honestly received no relief from my symptoms. I'm told it was one of those flash-in-the-pan procedures. The pain from the laser procedure was much worse than the TERP. Again, I'm early in the recovery process, but so far, so good.

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      Well I hope you will be better and you know the side effects.  I'm 60 also and I had a uro-lift.  I'm done having kids too but when I had the dry orgasm with some of the pills I did not care for them.  There was something missing and I didn't feel complete.  All is good for me now.  We all pick the procedure that we feel that is right for us.  I know some of the guys on here that there doctors offened only the Turp and when retro started they had no idea about it.  Thats what happen when you don't ask questions  Take care Good health  Ken
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      Something else to think about. This is from a recent article in "Urology ":

      TAKE-HOME MESSAGE

      Most physicians and patients often assume that recovery of urinary and sexual function after 1 year following radical prostatectomy is rare. This study determined the probability of achieving good urinary and erectile function long-term in men who reported poor function 12 months out from radical prostatectomy. Over 3000 men undergoing radical prostatectomy with extended follow-up including patient-reported function scores were identified. The authors found that a significant percentage of men with both urinary incontinence and erectile dysfunction at 1 year postoperatively improved over time. The probability of achieving good urinary function at 24, 36, and 48 months was 30%, 49%, and 59%, respectively. In men with erectile dysfunction at 12 months, the probability of recovering erectile function at 24, 36, and 48 months was 22%, 32%, and 40%, respectively. Recovery was stronger in men with higher scores at 12 months.

      The findings indicate that men with incontinence and/or erectile dysfunction at 12 months have higher than anticipated rates of subsequent functional improvement.

      (This still doesn't sound good to me, and makes Urolift, or PAE look even better! )

      Neal

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      Hey Dan.  I got no other replies from the emails I sent out  Go with the surgery center you talked to.  Have a good day and good luck  Ken
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