Peter, DMD, a male age 62, slightly overweight, history of A-Fib and multiple TIA’s was admitted to a Boston hospital for a Lumbar Laminectomy to correct severe stenosis. In fact, his own cardiologist refused to clear him for surgery. The surgeon told him to expect 3-4 days in hospital after the surgery. Peter used a guided imagery CD “Preparing for Surgery” (provided by Atlantic Complementary Medical Solutions) most days during the 3 weeks prior to his procedure. A very skilled surgeon found extensive impingement and in his own words “worked for my money”. Peter remained comfortable throughout, used no narcotic analgesics as an inpatient or outpatient and was discharged home after 1 ½ days. He collected no disability income benefits because he returned to work too soon.
Fill in the blanks using your local hospital’s fees:
Projected Costs Actual Costs
3 Days In Patient Care $_________ 1 ½ Days In Patient $__________
Round the Clock Narcotics $_________ No Pain Medication $ -0-
Script for out patient use $_________ No Pain Medication $ -0-