I HAD Quadruple Heart Bypass Surgery on Monday Jan 21 2013 in the afternoon.
During my recovery and stay in the Hospitable I was informed I also have sleep apnea , and to make matters worse after two tests I have learned I have complex apnea and will need a ASV PAP Machine.
IT TOOK over 6 weeks after my surgery to stop my chest busting coughing and to recover enough to start looking into my sleep apnea.
Calling around and getting prices of $800.00 plus as a uninsured and self-pay patient I was somewhat unset about what projected would be costs of a system and its up keep.
I learned about Dentist and mouth appliance’s and even with free consolation and a free home study was still facing $2500.00 to $4000.00 estimates…
So I did a home study and the results were so bad the Dentist sent me to a sleep Doctor:
Who said as I had surgery a dental device would not help me. That I will need a CPAP system.
I had a sleep study done and It looks like I will need a second one to figure out wither I can use a Bi-level PAP of will have to get the top of the line ASV-PAP Machine as this study showed I have what they called PAP induced complex apnea (or center apnea)and THAT study is now two weeks out with a week after the test to learn the results and THEN I can order and start using a machine to help me with my sleep apnea. So I am currently about 4 weeks before I can begin treating what seems to be the root cause of my health problems.
All these costs are out of pocket above my surgery bills and without this treatment I stand no real chance of any real recovery.
Now I am going slowly nuts: ( I am writing this at 2.30 AM after waking up..and i am still sleeping in a recliner...)
My sleep Doctor on my first visit was very helpful and when I expressed my concerns about the costs of the CPAP machines..(after all my major discounted sleep study was still costing me $600.00 plus his office visit fee of $125.00) he informed me I could go on line and buy a machine for around $500.00 and even gave me a couple of urls.
On the second visit after the study he started talking about how I will now need a $2000.00 to $5000.00 machine and how I have to do another study to find out if I can use a Bi-Level machine or need a ASV-PAP system…at $725.00 MORE out of pocket. (he also admits I will most likely need the ASV.)
I went back to the internet and found lots of BiPAP and ASV-PAP Machines around $800.00 to $1500.00.
BUT he will not prescribe for any machine until I drop another $725.00 so he can test for a BI-PAP and then do the set up adjustments for the ASV-PAP during the study.
The people selling these machines seem to find his behavior a little odd.
It seems as the Auto Servo Venlator PAP is so self-sensoring that I should from the first study be able to get it and with a few simple settings (I understand there are 6 main settings) start using it without a 8 hour sleep study and set up of it.
Am I way off base here??
IS there a very friendly Doctor in Phoenix AZ someone can recommend me to for a second opion?
OR a much lower cost to test and set up a ASV -PAP system?