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As the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) takes effect in 2014, the greatest change noticed by most will be the unexpected increase in out of pocket expenses. Required by law (individuals now and employers next year), generally healthy individuals and families will often choose the health insurance plan with the lowest monthly cost. As with any insurance, however, the lowest premiums come with the highest out of pocket expense.
This year, high deductible plans may reach over $6,000 for an individual and over $12,000 for a family before insurance pays. One outpatient surgery at a typical hospital will approach this amount when the allowed facility fee is added to other fees for the surgeon, anesthesiologist, and testing (pathology, radiology, labs and other tests).
Generally healthy individuals or families with a high deductible insurance plan in need of an outpatient elective ENT surgical procedure now have the opportunity to save thousands by choosing a cash option for surgery. Our common procedures are priced well below the maximum yearly out of pocket maximum for many of these high deductible plans.
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Who is a candidate for sinus surgery?
For most cases of acute sinusitis, an ear, nose, and throat specialist will prescribe a variety of medications, such as antibiotics, decongestants, and antihistamines. Typically, these treatments are effective in resolving the symptoms of acute sinusitis.
However, some patients may experience recurring sinus infections, or find that their symptoms are not responsive to any course of medication. In order to treat these cases of acute or chronic sinusitis, some ENT physicians may recommend sinus surgery.
What types of sinus surgeries are available?
During functional endoscopic sinus surgery, the surgeon gently inserts an endoscope, a thin, fiber-optic tube, into the nose. With the help of the endoscope, an ear, nose, and throat specialist can carefully examine the sinus openings and identify diseased sinonasal tissue. Using highly precise instruments, the surgeon can then remove any abnormal tissues, opening the sinus passages and leaving no external scars.
For more complicated cases of chronic sinusitis, an ear, nose, and throat specialist may recommend image guided sinus surgery. Using a three-dimensional, image guided mapping system, the surgeon can navigate narrow, complex sinus openings more easily, resulting in a more accurate and effective sinus surgery.
Can patients with no insurance find fair pricing for sinus surgery?
Northwest ENT Surgery Center, a single-specialty, outpatient facility, offers guaranteed, out of pocket pricing for surgical candidates with no insurance. Although our surgery center is not the first to publish transparent, guaranteed prices for ear, nose, and throat procedures, it is the only ambulatory facility that offers an all-inclusive fee, which covers office services, surgeon and anesthesiologist’s fees, facility, equipment, and laboratory fees.
Located in metro Atlanta, Georgia, Northwest ENT Surgery Center offers a number of specialty ear, nose, and throat procedures, including functional endoscopic sinus surgery, image guided sinus surgery, septoplasty, and others. Call (678) 483-8833 to learn more about our guaranteed, out of pocket pricing for surgical candidates with no insurance or high deductibles.
Originally from New Jersey, Dr. Drew M. Locandro received his undergraduate degree from Rutgers University. He attended Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in Piscataway, New Jersey, where he specialized in otolaryngology and completed his residency at the Albany Medical Center in Albany, New York.
Dr. Locandro has extensive experience with common ENT procedures and special expertise with nasal/sinus surgery, cosmetic nasal surgery, and advanced ear surgery. He is certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology and is also a member of the American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery.
Dr. Shatul Parikh, a native Atlantan, received his undergraduate degree from Emory University, and completed his medical studies at Georgia Regents University in Augusta, Georgia. Dr. Parikh returned to Emory University to complete his residency in Otolaryngology.
Dr. Parikh is a nationally recognized expert in minimally invasive thyroid/parathyroid surgery. Currently an instructor for the American Board of Otolaryngology, Dr. Parikh teaches other surgeons advanced techniques in thyroid/parathyroid surgery. He is also experienced in all routine ENT procedures.
Dr. Shatul Parikh is certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology and is also a member of the American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery. He is also the medical director of Northwest ENT Surgery Center.
A native Georgian from the Greater Atlanta area, Dr. Ryan Kauffman attended Vanderbilt University, where he received his undergraduate degree, medical degree, and completed his residency in Otolaryngology. Dr. Kauffman has experience in all routine ENT procedures with special interest in endoscopic sinus surgery and pediatric otolaryngology.
Dr. Kauffman is certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology and is also a member of the American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery.
Dr. Avani Ingley grew up in Vidalia, Georgia, and received her undergraduate degree from the University of Georgia. She completed her medical studies and residency in Otolaryngology at Emory University in Atlanta. Additionally, she was inducted into Alpha Omega Alpha, one of the nation’s most prestigious medical honor societies.
Dr. Ingley has experience in all routine ENT procedures with special interest in pediatric otolaryngology and nasal/sinus surgery. She is certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology and is also a member of the American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery.
Dr. Mark McClinton began his medical studies in 1990 at the Tulane University School of Medicine. Upon graduating, the Seattle native returned home for a surgical internship at Virginia Mason Medical Center, then immediately entered the U.S. Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine. After his completion of the program, he became an Air Force Flight Surgeon at Pope Air Force Base in Fayetteville, North Carolina where he was assigned to an A-10 squadron and deployed twice to Kuwait as director of base medical services.
Upon returning home in 1998, he completed his residency training at the University of Miami-Jackson Memorial Hospital. Dr. McClinton has experience in all routine ENT procedures with special interest in otology and pediatric otolaryngology.
Dr. McClinton is certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology and is also a member of the American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery.
Dr. Sanjay Athavale is a native Floridian who grew up in Boca Raton. He completed his undergraduate studies in biomechanical engineering at Nashville’s Vanderbilt University. He completed his medical studies at the University of South Florida in Tampa, where he was inducted into the AOA Honor Medical Society.
Dr. Athavale completed his residency in Otolaryngology at Vanderbilt University. Trained in all areas of Otolaryngology, Dr. Athavale has experience in all routine ENT procedures, with a special interest in laryngeal and head and neck surgery. He is certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology and is also a member of the American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery.
Originally from Maryland, Dr. Haim received his undergraduate degree from Duke University. He attended Duke University School of Medicine and remained there to complete training in anesthesiology. He has extensive experience managing all aspects of anesthesia for both pediatrics and adults. Dr. Haim is certified by the American Board of Anesthesiology.
Originally from New Hampshire, Lisa Greyard received her undergraduate degree from the University of South Carolina. She completed her nursing degree from Marymount University. Ms. Greyard has extensive experience in ambulatory surgery centers. She is the Nurse Manager of Northwest ENT Surgery Center.
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