Aetna - Denied pre approval 96 hours before surgery!
Since May 2008 I have had bad back problems. Twenty months on narcotics, physical therepy, seven lumbar epidurals and two MRI(s).
On January 14th it was determined that I need surgery on my back. Partial disk removal, fusing L4-L5 -S1 and some hardware. Surgery scheduled for February 8th.
On February 4th Aetna denied pre-approval because it was deemed medically unnecessary. 96 hours before surgery!
I called them and they have refused to tell me why. I am to wait for a letter. My surgeons office tells me is that they only want him to do part of the surgery and if that doesn't work he can go in later and do the other half. They want me to have two surgeries to recover from.