Will insurance cover labiaplasty & vaginal canal reconstruction if panties keep pulling on my labia causing discomfort? (Photo)
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Possible Insurance Coverage
Sad labia stories won't prompt insurance companies to cover labiaplasty
Insurance does not cover cosmetic labiaplasty
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Labiaplasty: Insurance Coverage
Thank you for your question and photograph. I am sorry about your current condition. There are two components to your question. The first issue are your UTIs, which should be evaluated by a urologist to determine the cause -- including did they occur before and/or after pregnancy and is there an anatomic cause. The other issue is what you are experiencing with your labia. I would recommend an experienced urologist to evaluate your first issue and an experienced cosmetic genital surgeon to evaluate the second issue. Another option is to find one urologist who has experience in both conditions. There are some of us who are trained in both urinary incontinence and cosmetic urology. There are several types of surgeons who
promote themselves as performing labiaplasty, but a Cosmetic
Urologist can offer unique qualifications compared to plastic
surgeons, gynecologists and general urologists. Cosmetic
Urologists typically have both extensive training and experience
in both cosmetic and reconstructive genital surgery. Unlike the large
number of these other specialists, there is a much smaller number
of qualified Cosmetic Urologists who are dedicated to the
surgery of the genitalia. Other specialists may not have practices
dedicated solely to the genitalia -- plastic surgeons may also
be performing breast implants and facelifts, gynecologists may
also be performing hysterectomies and caring for menopause, and
general urologists may also
be performing surgery for prostate cancer and erectile
dysfunction. In regards to insurance coverage, we have had experience with insurance companies paying for labiaplasty for medical conditions. However, it depends on the specific medical issues and the individual insurance company. I hope that this answer helps. Best of luck. Jeffrey S. Palmer, MD, FACS, FAAP (Cosmetic Urologist -- Cleveland, Ohio)
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INSURANCE and labia & vaginoplasty
Thank you for sharing your question as this is asked often. Insurance companies in the past rarely paid for the surgical procedure -- labia reduction. Since the so called "Affordable Healthcare Act" has been implemented the chance of getting the insurance companies to pay now is even less possible as the deductible have increased dramatically. In the past the patients would often have deductibles of $1000 or $2000 but now I have patients coming in with deductibles of $8,0000 to 12,000.00.This means you need to pay the first $8,000-12000 out of your pocket prior to the insurance company helping out. The affordable healthcare act is not so affordable for patients and has changed the game. So the overall answer is usually 'No" insurance companies will not pay for cosmetic surgery even if you believe you have a legit reason. That being said you might be able to get a surgeon to accept insurance and code it for "vaginal/vulvar scar" but usually you are not getting an experienced reconstructive vaginal surgeon ..... You will most likely get an inexperienced surgeon who will get paid approx $200 by the insurance company ---- and more importantly you will probably get $200 worth of results. Please choose a surgeon based upon their experience, expertise, reputation and results (before and after photos) do not choose a surgeon based upon location and so called board certificatication
John R Miklos MD Urogynecology & Cosmetic Vaginal Surgeon Atlanta ~ Beverly Hills ~ Dubai
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