American Society of Plastic Surgeons
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5 years ago


I had 2 csections, last was 15 yrs ago. I just developed an abscess directly under my scar. And I have the dreaded c shelf. I was in the ER for said abscess and was referred to a surgeon. Will a panniculectomy be covered by my insurance because of the infection now?

Procedure: Tummy Tuck
Location: Saint Clair, MI

Replies 6

Rachel Scott
ASPS Surgeon

Insurance coverage of abdominal skin removal surgery is always tricky. If your infection is related to excess skin, it may be covered, but correct documentation is very important. It will also be important to discuss with your plastic surgeon the difference between panniculectomy and abdominoplasty, and what procedure is optimal for you. The best thing after the infection is addressed is to have a consultation with a qualified Plastic Surgeon in your area to see what direction to go. Good luck and be well!

Steven Wallach
ASPS Surgeon
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You would have to check with your insurance company to see whether or not it would be covered.

Nelson Castillo

Thank you for sharing your question and I am sorry to hear of your abscess. Any procedure that would be covered by insurance requires preapproval by your carrier. Each insurance company has their own set of stipulations and requirements needed for any procedure to be at their expense, after your deductible and coinsurance. Hope this helps.

Matthew Camp
ASPS Surgeon

Perhaps. Generally insurance requires a recorded history of infections in the abdominal fold uncontrolled by hygiene. I would seek the evaluation of a plastic surgeon. They may submit an authorization request if you meet their criteria. Best wishes!

Dr Camp

Jon Ver Halen

Hello and thank you for your excellent question. It is best to answer your question during a face-to-face evaluation, when you can discuss your goals and expectations for the procedure, and you can have a physical examination to evaluate for that procedure. I recommend that you find a board-certified, or board-eligible plastic surgeon with whom you are comfortable. Be sure to have all of your questions answered during a face-to-face meeting with your surgeon, and review before and after pictures of similar patients whom have had this procedure. If you have any questions, call our office for assistance. Good luck!

Edward Domanskis

Normally, we are able to get a panniculectomy covere by insurance. It is a Abdominoplasty with repair of the muscles that is much more diffiucult.

Dr. Edward Jonas Domanskis is Certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery

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