Ask a doctor

Will Medicaid/Medicare Cover the Removal of Excessive Stomach Skin?

I had Gastric-Bypass surgery in September of 1989. Since approximently 8 months postop, I have had a very large area of excessive skin (Flab) on my lower abdomen. I suffer from lower back pain, an irratation under the flab. It is almost always a painful red, blistery, bloody, infected, ouzing of a yellowish discharge. It is very foul smelling, to the point that I am not able to be around other people, for fear of offending them with the smell.

Doctor Answers (3)

Medicaid Payment for Surgery


I would say it's quite doubtful. Removal of excess skin is mostly considered cosmetic and I'm not familiar with a surgeon who will take Medicaid for surgery.

Orlando Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 29 reviews

It is uncertain whether Medicaid or Medicare will cover abdominal pannus removal.


Dealing with government medicine is difficult because they do not pre-certify a given operation. The surgeon has to perform the procedure and will find out in arrears if he has to be paid.

Web reference:,21-atlanta-abdominoplast.htm

Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 6 reviews

Will Medicaid/Medicare Cover the Removal of Excessive Stomach Skin?


Since neither will "pre-authorize" one really cannot tell whether they will provide coverage for an individual. A denial can leave you with astromonical bills from a hospital.  Your bariatric surgeon can probably advise you best about coverage in your particular area, and about surgeons who might be providers. 

All the best. 

Seattle Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 28 reviews

These answers are for educational purposes and should not be relied upon as a substitute for medical advice you may receive from your physician. If you have a medical emergency, please call 911. These answers do not constitute or initiate a patient/doctor relationship.

You might also like...