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8 months ago

Panniculectomy / tummy tuck

My insurance will cover my panni for the huge Seroma i have after my C-section a few months ago but i don’t want to be oddly shaped so i asked about adding full tummy tuck to get the added lipo , extra skin removal and muscle tightening . How much out of pocket do you think I will have to pay ? Or do you suggest going about this another way? I have to get rid of this Seroma it’s causing pain.

Procedure: Panniculectomy
Location: philadelphia, PA

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Gary Culbertson
ASPS Surgeon
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Great question. Consider trying to get rid of your seroma first. A post operative seroma can be a cause of increased complications with the other surgery’s you are considering. You are only going to have these types of surgery once so, consider doing it in the safest environment possible.

Please note that many insurance companies will not allow a medically necessary surgery to be performed at the same time as a medical unnecessary cosmetic surgerys like a Tummy Tuck. Check with your Insurance Carrier & Hospital to make sure that combining the two is OK.


Gary R Culbertson, MD, FACS

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Carlos Quintero
ASPS Int. Surgeon

Hello, for sure you have to be completely healed of this seroma before attempting to change any thing about the shape of your abdomen. Combined surgeries now will lead to serious complications, like infection and delayed wound healing, and you don't want this to happen.

Hope my opinion helps a little.

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