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Do I Qualify for a Tummy Tuck to Be Paid for by Saskatchewan Health Care?

I met with my GP in Swift Current because I keep getting skin infections under my 'flap' from my C-Sections (twins the 1st time, singleton the next time). He told me due to my C-Sections and skin rashes/infections I probably qualify to have a Tummy Tuck paid for from the province and has sent a referral to a Regina, Saskatchewan plastic surgeon. Is this too good to be true?

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Tummy Tuck and Insurance Coverage?


Thank you for the question.

Your plastic surgeon, knowing your history and physical examination (and probably having more experience with the healthcare system involved),  is in the best position to advise you about the chances that the procedure will be covered.  It is possible that because of your skin  “infections” that it will be considered a medically necessary procedure. Make sure you clarify if a panniculectomy or tummy tuck operation is being considered.

Best wishes.


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You may be able to get your tummy tuck covered, however it sounds like you would be getting more of a panniculectomy rather than a full tummy tuck.

Panniculectomy is usually recommended to people who have lost 100 lbs or more in a relatively short amount of time. The procedure can be carried out on its own or used in combination with abdominoplasty depending on a patient’s condition, and may be covered by OHIP. Regardless of the form the panniculectomy takes, ideal candidates should have maintained a relatively stable weight for roughly a year prior to surgery and be adhering to a regimen of exercise and healthy eating. Surgery is usually indicated once the person’s BMI (body mass index) is less than 30. We consider a panniculectomy to be exactly what the term describes: removal of the pannus. Only what is hanging down below the patient’s waistline is removed, and no undermining on the abdomen itself is performed. We do not advocate a panniculectomy alone except in extreme circumstances, when a patient’s expectations can be fulfilled.

Patients with a large pannus (extending as low as the knees, over the hips and/or around the back) may be afflicted by conditions including back problems, trouble walking or standing, rashes, ulcers and skin breakdown or other disorders. A panniculectomy can remedy these problems.

Jerome Edelstein, MD
Toronto Plastic Surgeon
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