KU hospital performs rare surgery

By Janet Reid · November 3, 2009 · Comment on this

Surgeons at KU Hospital in Kansas City performed a medical procedure that has only been attempted a handful of times around the world. Doctors say the operation was performed successfully and the 19-year-old boy they performed it on was saved.

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katmando 8 years, 6 months ago

Great story and I wish the best for this young man. The dedication, concern and compassion from his physician and prosthetist is palpable.

Luckily, the patient is a resident of Missouri, a state that has passed prosthetic parity into law. That means that his prosthetic arm will be covered like any other medical expense.

If he were a Kansas resident, or anyone working in that operating room, this arm would be considered a luxury, a "deluxe" item. In the eyes of the Kansas Health Care Commission, anything that provides "comfort and convenience" to an amputee is not covered. He would be given a WWII-era hook and dismissed. I know this from personal experience because my Dr and prosthetist are featured in this video and the state health care contract refuses to cover the prosthesis prescribed for me.

Until prosthetic parity passes on a national level, advanced prosthetics that are readily available through Medicare, Medicaid and the VA will not be covered for the working insured.

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