My original heart surgeon only does the "full zipper" and stated that he does more replacements than repair and my valve most likely could be repaired, he suggested we be referred to a Dr that specialized in repair.
I requested minimally invasive valve repair if possible, however my HMO Ins could not send me to one in "Network" locally, and denied my request for authorization to go to Cleveland Heart Clinic and Dr. Gullinov, who has given me a positive consultation for the strong likely-hood as to repair and a tentative date for surgery.
Waiting for Ins on an appeal...added stress!!!
Have other had this kind of confusion with insurance?