Will insurance cover a tummy tuck after a surgery?

I had my colon and large intestine removed due to cancer years ago. I had a colostomy bag, but it was reversed 3 months later. I want to know if they will pay for any portion of tummy tuck.

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Will insurance cover a tummy tuck after a surgery?

Tummy tucks are cosmetic procedures and are not covered by insurance.  Sometimes insurance will cover a panniculectomy, if there is a large skin overhang, but it is impossible to tell without a consultation


Jacksonville Plastic Surgeon
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Tummy Tuck

Hello, thanks for your question. Insurance do not cover plastic surgeries, you have to get a personal evaluation with a board certified plastic surgeon... 

Tania Medina de Garcia, MD
Dominican Republic Plastic Surgeon
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Will insurance cover a tummy tuck after a surgery?

Usually insurance do not cover "plastic surgery procedures", but you should ask a surgeon to evaluate your condition in case you have deformation or problems due to your prior surgery to qualify the Tummy Tuck as reconstructive surgery, which is covered.

Adolfo Sesto, MD
Dominican Republic Plastic Surgeon
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Insurance and TT

Unfortunately, insurance does not cover a tummy tuck. Occasionally with documentation of recurrent infection they will pay for a panniculectomy (simply removing loose skin).
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Will insurance cover a tummy tuck after a surgery?

Thank you for your question.  A Tummy Tuck is considered a cosmetic procedure and therefore not covered by insurance.  However, most plastic surgeons will offer financing options. I would recommend that you consult with a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon for an in-person examination and a discussion of your goals and options. Best wishes.

Dr Derby

As far as i know a TT is considered 100% cosmetical. Even procedure in the past will not rectify a TT covered by insurance. You can always consult with your primary physician or a plastic surgeon. Best of luck

Derby Sang Caputo, MD
Dominican Republic Plastic Surgeon
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Will insurance cover a tummy tuck after a surgery?

Occasional an insurance company will cover this procedure if there is a medical & functional problem associated with it, but in most cases, it is not covered. 

Karol A. Gutowski, MD, FACS
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
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Tummy tuck and insurance

With the advent of obamacare less and less is covered.Many insurance plans will not even cover breast reduction surgery.You can always try to have your surgeon write a letter.

Robert Brueck, MD
Fort Myers Plastic Surgeon
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Tummy tuck after colostomy

Unfortunately, tummy tuck is deemed completely cosmetic and your past medical/surgical history would not change this.  The standard insurance companies use is functional medical necessity.

Tummy tuck and post-operative abdomen

Thanks for your inquiry.  Happy to hear about your successful course after colon cancer.  I do not think your insurance company will help you cover the costs of a tummy tuck. Good luck.

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