Will Kaiser Pay for my Hernia Repair?
- Asked by SDphotogrl99 in Inland Empire, CA
- 4 years ago
I had gastric bypass 4 years ago and lost 200 pounds. I have extra skin on my arms I would like removed and I also would like a Breast lift or Breast implants. Last year, I had emergency bowel obstruction surgery and got a large hernia as a result. I want to get all three procedures done at one time: Arm lift, Breast lift, and hernia repair.
Would my insurance (Kaiser) pay for the hernia repair while I cover the cost of the other two procedures?
Hernia Repair and Insurance Coverage
Thanks for the question.
Generally speaking, hernia repair is considered medically necessary procedure and is therefore covered by most insurance plans. Specifics will depend on the individual insurance plan.
Best to check with your primary care physician and his/her referral to the surgery department.
Web reference: http://www.poustiplasticsurgery.com/weightloss.htm
Usually they do
In Sacramento California the Kaiser Cosmetic Center does a wonderful job with weight loss surgeries and plastic surgery reconstructions and they have covered the hernia repairs in the past. Often they will use a cadre of surgeons to accomplish multiple procedures one setting. This is all conjecture and I would suggest asking your cosmetic plastic surgeon at Kaiser this question directly as they will know better. As a non-Kaiser surgeon I do not know what their policy is.
Kaiser coverage for hernia repair and cosmetic procedures
Everybody loses weight differently and there are different variations in skin excess among different people which therefore require different operation and different prioritization and sequencing of such body contouring procedures. The vast majority of people complain the most about their abdomens since this is where the skin overhang is most visible.
The question that needs to be asked is : Have you had a tummy tuck YET? If not, it would be easiest to coordinate the repair of your ventral hernia (which SHOULD BE covered by Kaiser) with the Tummy Tuck which may or may not be.
I would get an appointment with a Kaiser Plastic Surgeon and then ask him / her on what is covered and if so, what the best sequencing of procedures would be.
Hope this was helpful.
Kaiser Coverage for Hernia
Kaiser Permanente, like many health care organizations, covers the cost of medical conditions that affect quality of life. The individual coverage is based on your specific plan, and this may vary from person to person in the same group.
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