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Cost for Salpingectomy

Iíve been referred to a hospital by my gynocologist to get a bilateral salpingectomy. Has anyone had this procedure done in CH and would be willing to share their experience?

Fortunately/unfortunately this is ďelectiveĒ surgery because I donít have a health condition that makes pregnancy dangerous. So I think that means basic insurance doesnít cover anything?

Any experience with similar-ish procedures (appendicitis or something) would also be welcome!
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Old 25.05.2023, 13:54
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Re: Cost for Salpingectomy

1st thing is to talk to your insurance company. Ask them if they willcover the costs.
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Old 25.05.2023, 14:09
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Before any surgery, please get a second opinion. I wish you well.
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Old 25.05.2023, 15:17
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Iíve been referred to a hospital by my gynocologist to get a bilateral salpingectomy. Has anyone had this procedure done in CH and would be willing to share their experience?

Fortunately/unfortunately this is ďelectiveĒ surgery because I donít have a health condition that makes pregnancy dangerous. So I think that means basic insurance doesnít cover anything?

Any experience with similar-ish procedures (appendicitis or something) would also be welcome!
Are you sure that your gynecologist won't tell your insurance company that the salpingectomy is necessary? If they did, then I think insurance would pay for it.

I guess it's just hard for me to imagine that your gynecologist would suggest you have that procedure done if he or she didn't think it was necessary. But of course, I don't know the details regarding your situation.

I agree about getting a second opinion, though. Maybe even go directly to a "Frauenklinik" at one of the hospitals here (I go to the one in Uster Spital).
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Old 25.05.2023, 16:05
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I guess it's just hard for me to imagine that your gynecologist would suggest you have that procedure done if he or she didn't think it was necessary.
Oh, I have seen this done with several people I know! It's sometimes easier for a doctor to rely on surgery than to do the potentially harder work of finding out what is causing the symptoms and which other methods of treatment could be applied.

Of course, OP, you know your own situation and I don't. But it is out of the bitter experience of friends that I caution anyone who is ever told that an operation would be necessary to first get a second opinion from completely unrelated doctor.
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Re: Cost for Salpingectomy

Thank you everyone for the responses so far!

I probably should have been a little clearer about why I am getting the surgery. Iíve tried multiple birth control methods and have had unpleasant side effects. I know I donít want children and explicitly asked my gynaecologist to refer me for this surgery. I donít want to deal with trying to find a birth control method anymore when I KNOW I donít want kids in the future.

She was pretty luke warm about this procedure. I had actually mentioned it before trying the last birth control method but she was really pushy about trying another temporary measure. She kept repeating that itís possible that I would change my mind. This is why I thought the surgery wouldnít be covered - because itís for birth control (which isnít usually covered anyways) and elective.

I tried calling my insurance last night to ask if it was covered and the person literally told me ďI donít knowĒ. So I though I was asking the wrong place - I will call again today!
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Old 25.05.2023, 18:28
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Re: Cost for Salpingectomy

If you don’t have a good reason to stay with her, you may want to look for another gynaecologist who might be more sympathetic to her patients needs. Perhaps someone here can give you a recommendation.

Somewhat ironic that when I wanted a vasectomy, without having children, it was straight forward. Insurance covered the costs without asking any questions.
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Old 25.05.2023, 18:36
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I tried calling my insurance last night to ask if it was covered and the person literally told me “I don’t know”. So I though I was asking the wrong place - I will call again today!
Yes, call them again.

It’s a standard and routine procedure, whether elective or not (in cases of medical need), and they should definitely be able to tell you the costs.
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Old 25.05.2023, 22:42
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Re: Cost for Salpingectomy

I donít know the answer, but if vascectomy is covered, youíd think this would be too. Although logic in health care does not always exist.

Some gyn are really invested in making sure you have the option of having children as long as possible. Itís not necessarily a bad thing, but patients know their own minds too, and that should demand respect.

Anyway, good luckÖyou might want to contact another gyn for a second opinion.
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I don’t know the answer, but if vascectomy is covered, you’d think this would be too. Although logic in health care does not always exist.

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As far as I am aware a vasectomy isn’t covered unless things have changed. I don’t believe any form of contraception is covered here unless there is a serious medical reason for needing it but happy to be proved wrong.

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Re: Cost for Salpingectomy

The motivation I gave them was that I am T1 diabetic and donít want to pass on my genes. This was in the late 80s and things may have changed. It couldnít have been expensive though. 15 minutes in Dr.s office with only a local.
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