Can health insurance cover surgery for a broken nose?
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Insurance Will Cover Fracture Repair
In general, insurance will cover the repair of a nasal fracture, which often includes correction of the septum. If you have a new bump after the fracture, the correction of that should also be covered. Two weeks after the injury, you should be examined to make sure that the inability to breathe is just swelling and possible septal deviation, rather than a collection of blood underneath the septal mucosa. (In such a case, it would need to be drained to avoid septum destruction and nasal collapse.) The timing should be at least 3 months after the injury to let the swelling and inflammation subside. Reshaping the nasal tip, if desired, is not part of what insurance will cover
Health insurance coverage for broken nose
Broken nose treatment
If you've broken your nose 2 weeks ago, you need to see a surgeon ASAP. It may be possible to minimise the need for, or extent of, future rhinoplasty surgery by having your broken nose 'set' properly. This would best be done this week.
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Rhinoplasty and Insurance
Sorry to hear about your trauma to your nose!Insurance will cover a "functional rhinoplasty" sometimes. It depends on the insurance carrier and a few other factors. Usually the insurance company needs to see that you have failed "maximal medical therapy." In my patients, we try to use saline spray and a steroid nasal spray (both over the counter) for several months to see if this helps. If it doesn't and breathing is still obstructed we try to get the surgery to correct breathing approved by insurance. Some people would like some cosmetic changes too and are willing to pay out of pocket for the additional work. It can be a process, but worth it if you can't breathe from your nose!Make an appointment with a facial plastic surgeon to get startedBest of luckDr Rodman
Depends on multiple factors
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