If Breast Implants Are Making You Ill, Will Insurance Cover Removal?


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If Breast Implants Are Making You Ill, Will Insurance Cover Removal?

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If Breast Implants Are Making You Ill, Will Insurance Cover Removal? Although they use to cover this in the past (they would not cover replacement), they have recently increased their denial of this procedure and tend to exclude this as a covered procedure in more current policies.


Chicago Plastic Surgeon
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Breast implants don't cause illness

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There was quite a bit of controversy in the 1990's about whether or not silicone breast implants caused illness. As a result,multiple large scale studies were done, and breast implants are almost certainly the most intensively studied medical devices on the market. The National Institutes of Health and all others associations who have studied the data have concluded that there is no association of medical silicone with any disease condition. In practical terms, that means that illnesses that were thought to be caused by implants occur in exactly the same percentage of women without implants. Unfortunately for you, what ever the condition it is not going to be ameliorated by having the implants removed. 

Richard Baxter, MD
Seattle Plastic Surgeon
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Breast implants and systemic illness

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Breast implants do not cause systemic illness like lupus or other autoimmune disorders. Obviously if you have an infected implant, this can become a systemic problem if not properly treated.

Steven Wallach, MD
Manhattan Plastic Surgeon
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Breast implants do not cause systemic illness

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How have you determined that you breast implants are making you 'ill'?

Your illness is temporally related to the placement of your breast implant, but this relationship does not prove causation. 

I would have trouble convincing any insurance company that your breast implant removal surgery should be funded simply because you believe that your implants are making you 'ill'.

Good luck.

Scott C. Sattler, MD, FACS
Seattle Plastic Surgeon
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