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Will insurance cover any part of tummy tuck costs?

Stuart A. Linder, MD
Plastic Surgery
Abdominoplasty procedures are normally elective or cosmetic procedures which are not covered by insurance. Patients who have a concurrent epigastric umbilical, ventral, or incisional hernia, may have this portion of the operation covered by their insurance. It is important that a general surgeon be present during the functional portion of the operation to do the hernia repair. In general, full disclosure of the hernia as well as the cosmetic portion of the operation will be described through the insurance companies.

Enormous panniculectomies, which are simply large abdominoplasties on patients who have undergone gastric bypass surgeries sometimes will be covered by insurance if there are functional problems including back pain, as well as dermatitis or rashes underneath the large pannus, status post massive weight loss.

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