No, Dr. De Smet wants to see what he is doing and get the prosthesis located properly.
I'm firmly in his camp: make the incision as big as you want, just get the metal aligned
perfectly. You don't want to have to do it again.
I have a nice 8 inch incision from my surgery three weeks ago. I would caution against the
(logical) conclusion that smaller incision equals faster and easier recovery. I have had no
need for post-op medication and my incision was completely closed after nine days. I am
feeling amazingly normal (WAY better than before surgery). I believe the skill of the
surgeon is of critical importance, no matter how large the incision is. Dr. De Smet thinks
that the 'minimally invasive' approach is no good for resurfacing and will lead to trouble.
He was not at all happy with some of the techniques he saw at the 1'st 'annual' resurfacing
conference back in November.
If you're interested in BSCA appeals, go to this website: http://www.dmhc.
to see how cases have been decided.
LBHR De Smet 12/18/07
--- In surfacehippy@
> Does Dr. DeSmet use the minimally invasive surgerical procedure? If
> so, did BSCA cover it? I looking for any info on minimally invasive
> for BSCA appeal purposes.
> --- In surfacehippy@
> > Thanks for the accolades, Alan. However, I don't think I'm the
> > I know that Kani Rowland got reimbursed by Blue Shield Alaska last
> year for his
> > bilateral surgery with Koen. In any event, I will do all that I can
> to help others succeed with
> > their insurance companies. BTW, I've enjoyed your posts since I
> first started lurking on the
> > site a few years ago.....
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