Can I have my belly skin removed now? (Photo)
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Panniculectomy - after massive weight loss, then weight gain
- I am sorry to hear this has happened to you.
- You will need to find a plastic surgeon who takes Medicare -
- Start with contacting Medicare to see who is in your region.
- Then s/he needs to decide if this is reasonable to do.
- It is very complicated high risk surgery because of your weight and needs good planning with a good hospital team.
- Please don't blame surgeons for not taking Medicare - what Medicare pays is so low that usually the surgeon loses money providing such care.
- Best of luck in finding what you need.
Best wishes. Elizabeth Morgan MD PHD FACS
Not knowing your height, I can't calculate your BMI, but it is likely above 60. This alone puts you in a high risk category. If your health is otherwise good, you could be an acceptable surgical candidate.
Most insurance will pay for a Panniculectomy if you can demonstrate skin breakdown due to the heavy skin apron. I'm not sure about Medicare criteria. I would start by seeking an experienced plastic surgeon and presenting your case.
For what it's worth, you might talk to your regular physician about your depression medication. Some have much fewer tendencies to increase weight.
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