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iraherman

Vegus Nerve Stimulation implant surgery for severe depression

Posted by @iraherman in Mental Health, Nov 12, 2011

Does anyone know if insurance will cover this? If so, where can I get it done? I live in West Virginia but am willing to travel.

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chrysallis

Posted by @chrysallis, Nov 13, 2011

I do NOT know if it is covered, but by all means,please tell us of your journey towards this treatment. It is interesting to me, as there are different criteria for specific tests and or treatments to be suggested, s well as paid for. I am assuming that you've tried all the standard medications and psychotherapy?
I've tried so many AD's, to no avail. I do NOT have major depression, but I have depression which decreases pleasure in my life, the desire to start and or finish projects, and I've begun to procrastinate many pertinent tasks that need to be done. I also have been isolating myself a great deal the last two years. I still see my children and their children, I'm functionable, and DO experience joy in life (I love having the grandchildren overnight, visiting with my family, etc.), but I wake up with a very definite 'dread' every day. Not to impinge on your discussion, but I think it may be important r/t treatment modalities, ie., VNS.
Thank you!

chrysallis

Posted by @chrysallis, Nov 13, 2011

Several insurance companies WILL pay for this. However, you must try numerous other treatments prior to it. The best thing to do is to have your MD
's medical records employee's call them up. Another person I spoke to states that there are also several insurance companies that believe this therapy is not substantiated clearly for tx of depression. Again, check out your policy.

iraherman

Posted by @iraherman, Nov 14, 2011

I have Blue Cross and Medicaire. Do you know if either one covers the VNS procedure?

jimmy370

Posted by @jimmy370, Nov 27, 2011

call them up and ask them, if it is not FDA approved then i don`t think it will be covered? jim

peacekeeper

Posted by @peacekeeper, Nov 14, 2011

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roxie43

Posted by @roxie43, Nov 27, 2011

Jesus created us as well as doctors and modern medicine. I too have faith but I also believe in allowing the professionals to do their jobs.

roxie43

Posted by @roxie43, Nov 20, 2011

After battling chronic depression for years I almost gave up. I was being bullied at work and nothing was helping. I was ready to quit. NEVER quit! ECT is a wonderful form of treatment and insurance covers it. Try it and you will not be disappointed.

jimmy370

Posted by @jimmy370, Nov 27, 2011

may i ask how many treatments did it take?and do you have to keep gong back for maintance treatments? jim

roxie43

Posted by @roxie43, Nov 27, 2011

So far, I have had 7 treatments. I am going to have 12 and then go back monthly. I am having the Unilateral ECT on the right side of my head because is causes less memory loss. Best Norma

jimmy370

Posted by @jimmy370, Nov 27, 2011

are you in the hospital the whole time of your treatments. and how do you feel after seven treatments?

roxie43

Posted by @roxie43, Nov 28, 2011

hi,
I think it's going well. I had lost a lot of weight and must say I am eating well again. I don't stay in the hospital as the procedure is done Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays on an outpatient basis. The treatment team is all present; doctors, rn, anestetia tech and my vitals and heart are monitered the entire time. I had to get a physical/medical clearance before I started. My only con would be headaches which I will be discussing when I go in tomorrow. I cannot eat or drink anything after midnight nor take my klonopin the night before because anxiety meds effect the desired seizures.
I hope this is helpful. I am the biggest chicken on earth and if I can do it anyone can. It does not hurt that I am having this treatment at Yale.
Try to consider it and have a blessed holiday season.

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