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Title: ACL Reconstruction costs
Post by: eirikr on August 04, 2004, 02:25:17 PM
Does anyone have any experience of private treatment for a ruptured ACL?  The NHS are insisting I undergo several months of physio before they'll review the merits of performing a reconstruction, and I was just wondering what sort of costs are involved in getting treatment privately, perhaps at BUPA, or possibly abroad.   Any info would be much appreciated.
Title: Re: ACL Reconstruction costs
Post by: AndrewC on August 04, 2004, 02:51:23 PM
Hi

The good ole NHS again!! they are useless arent they!.....and they will try and put it off as long as possible by the way unles you get lucky (and I did sort of but not with an ACL!)

Anyway...private costs for an ACL reconstruction are about 4500 - 5000 + physio costs afterwards unless you can get physio on the NHS?!

Well worth it if you can afford it!

Incidentally, if you lead an active lifestyle and/or enjoy sports you will almost definately need a recon. The only time it is not usually needed is usually if the patient is not very active and older of years!

 All the best.......
Title: Re: ACL Reconstruction costs
Post by: eirikr on August 04, 2004, 03:06:22 PM
It has certainly been an interesting experience so far on the NHS.  My MRI indicated a cartilage tear and a possible cruciate "anomaly".  It turned out during the arthroscopy that there was no torn cartilage and only 15% of the cruciate remaining.  I play football every week, run, ski and do a good deal of walking, so I'd have thought I qualified for a reconstruction on the basis of having an active lifestyle.
Title: Re: ACL Reconstruction costs
Post by: AndrewC on August 04, 2004, 05:23:48 PM
15% left certainly constitutes needing an ACL recon...
but qualifying for, doesnt mean getting on the
NHS. As far as Im aware the waiting list is about 9-12 months from seeing your consultant (and him putting you in for surgery)

I would be careful playing sports and wear some kind of brace as a further incident could leave you with worse damage (MCL,PCL etc)...until you know where you stand with your cruciate.

A good thing to do is to go and see a reputable specialist privately....and get him or her to send their recommendations to your hospital consultant..... and push for a more urgent solution!

But if you can afford it......go private...you cant put a price on your health.
Title: Re: ACL Reconstruction costs
Post by: Philip on August 04, 2004, 09:30:39 PM
WOW  :o - all that stuff with the NHS really surprises me. I had my accident in Scotland, I was first seen by a consultant in Dundee - next morning after I stayed a night in the hospital. After an MRI scan (next day) they diagnosed: (complete) rupture of the following ACL, PCL, LCL, ilio tibia band, bicep femoris and a fracture plus cartilage damage :-/ :'(. I got operated a week later by a specialist in Edinburgh, had room on my own cool TV and the food was pretty good as well  :o ::).  

This 'special' treatment has to be because my injury was rather serious (well my PCL turned out to be strained but not torn, my meniuscus was fine was - the rest of it was the case) and I was treated as an accident & emergency case. So I have no complaints whatsoever - operation was successful - maybe it is also that in Scotland the NHS is not as overworked as in England...who knows.... anyway at least in some respect I was lucky...   ;) ::)

Cheers,
Philip