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Hello my name is Dean and I recently discovered that I might have testicular torsion.I done some research and find out that I'm going have surgery done in order to save or remove my testicle, though it bother's me that I could be possible be losing one of my testicle's, my main concern actually is. Sense I Have to have the testicular torsion surgery how much will something like that cost with me not having insurance and can i work out a payment plan to pay for the surgery overtime? Please let me know as soon as possible and Thank You.

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Dean:

An acute torsion is a surgical emergency and is usually done on an urgent basis.  Some men have intermittent torsion which allows for elective surgery.

There is no way I can give you a cost estimate about any surgery, especially one done in another state.  Talk to your surgeon about the cost and remember that often there are several charges: one for the surgeon, one for the hospital and sometimes one for anesthesia.  Work out a deal with all of them before your surgery if you can.  Remember that most insurances do not pain the full price that is initially asked so offer to pay what Medicare or Blue Cross would otherwise pay.  This is typically about 1/3 less than the asking price.  A sizeable down payment before surgery can often be a good way to get a lower total price.

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Stephen W. Leslie, MD

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Questions concerning erectile dysfunction, kidney stones and prostate disorders including prostate cancer. I have a special interest in kidney stone disease prevention.

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Full time practicing urologist with 30 years experience. Associate Professor of Surgery and Chief of Urology at Creighton University Medical Center. Editor in Chief of eMedicine Urology internet textbook. Author of only NIH approved book written for patients by a urologist on the subject of kidney stones "The Kidney Stones Handbook". Inventor of the "Parachute" and "Escape" kidney stone baskets and the "Calculus" stone prevention analysis computer program.

Organizations
American Urological Association, Ohio State Medical Association, Sexual Medicine Society

Publications
Men's Health, Journal of Urology, Urology, Healthwatch Magazine, Emergency Medicine Monthly, eMedicine, "The Kidney Stones Handbook", and numerous articles in various newspapers. He is also the editor of the Urology Board Review by McGraw-Hill used by urologists to study for their Board Certification Examinations.

Education/Credentials
Graduate of New York Medical College with residencies completed at Metropolitan Hospital New York, Albany Medical Center and University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Awards and Honors
Thirlby Award of the American Urological Association. Rated as one the country's Best Urologists by the Independent Consumer's Research Institute

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