Ins Co. Paying for BR but I'm Paying TT/LP. Do Drs Normally Charge Separate Anesthesia Fee?

I was under the impression that since I'm getting put under once and the insurance company is paying for that - that I would not have to pay for the additionally for the anesthesia? Is this normal practice? Please clarify!

Doctor Answers 13

Mommy Makeover and Separate Anesthesia Fees?

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Thank you for the question. Yes, what you are describing is “normal practice”. The portion of the anesthesia services necessary for the breast reduction procedure will be covered by the insurance company. Otherwise, anesthesia services related to the tummy tuck surgery, will be out of pocket expense.

 Best wishes with your upcoming procedures.

Pay ahead of time

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It would be fraud to have your insurance pay for the additional anesthesia time needed for the tummy tuck. It would be best for you if your plastic surgeon would tell you up front how much the anesthesia fee for the tummy tuck will be. Often, by pre-paying the anesthesia for the tummy tuck, you will get discount for cash up front payment. Also, it will protect you from any allegations of insurance fraud.


John J. Bandeian, MD
Bristol Plastic Surgeon

Mommy Makeover

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Part of your surgery may be covered by insurance but the cosmetic part is your responsibility. including the surgeon fees, anesthesia and facility fees. If you are in Maryland this can be very expensive since hospital charges are very high in Maryland, and can be extremely expensive.

Samir Shureih, MD
Baltimore Plastic Surgeon


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Yes. Anesthesia will be working longer if you are having additional procedures. Like most things in life, items are based on their quality as well as the time investment needed to deliver the desired product. Surgery is no different.

Sam M. Sukkar, MD
Houston Plastic Surgeon
4.6 out of 5 stars 39 reviews

Combining reconstructive and cosmetic procedures

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The simple answer to your question is yes.  You are having a breast reduction under insurance coverage, so your insurance company will pay for the anesthesia for that procedure only, and this may be based on time or based on procedure -- so if your breast reduction takes three hours, your insurance will pay for three hours worth of insurance time.  Since you are having an abdominoplasty and liposuction as well, you and your insurance company understand that these procedures are considered cosmetic.  Therefore, you are responsible for payment for the additional anesthesia time required for these procedures.  So if your abdominoplasty and lipo take an additional two hours, you are responsible for paying for the additional anesthesia time.  To handle this combination of procedures any other way, would be considered insurance fraud.  However, your surgeon and his or her staff should be able to clarify for you how the additional anesthesia time is calculated.  Good luck!

Anureet K. Bajaj, MD
Oklahoma City Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 21 reviews

Anesthesia costs for cosmetic portion of surgery

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Anesthesia charges will need to be kept separately for the insurance and cosmetic portion of your surgery. Anesthesia expense is normally based on how long you are in surgery.  Your surgeon is following normal practice.  Best of luck!

Dan Mills, MD
Orange County Plastic Surgeon
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Insurance only pays for covered benefits

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Insurance will only pay for the time the surgeon is performing the reduction.  The remaining procedures are not covered by insurance and therefore are the responsibility of the patient.

Mennen T. Gallas, MD
Katy Plastic Surgeon

Combined Cosmetic and Insurance Cases

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Your insurance provider will only cover the costs of the procedure medically necessary during a combined case.  Any cosmetic part of the procedure will need to be paid for separately.  This is the case for both the operating room fees and the anesthesia fees.  

Anesthesia cost

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You are normally responsible for paying the anesthesia charges on the non insurance portion of your surgery. Your insurance will only cover the anesthesia cost for the BR.

Ins Co. Paying for BR but I'm Paying TT/LP. Do Drs Normally Charge Separate Anesthesia Fee?

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        Insurance will only cover medically necessary procedures and the costs associated with them.  Anything associated with a cosmetic procedure will not be covered.



Kenneth Hughes, MD Los Angeles, CA

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