Is an Umbilical Hernia Repair with a Tummy Tuck Handled by Insurance?
As with any medical procedure, the question of cost is usually high on the list of concerns. Does insurance cover this? Well, the good news is when it comes to an Umbilical Hernia Repair, insurance will usually deem this a medically necessary procedure. If performed in conjunction with a Tummy Tuck, that portion will have to be paid for out of pocket, since it is considered an aesthetic or cosmetic procedure.
While a Tummy Tuck aims to remove excess skin and reattach the abdominal muscles to the abdominal wall, a hernia repair often involves the first half of a Tummy Tuck procedure where the muscles are pulled together, which it is commonly performed with a Tummy Tuck.
Sometimes you may need to find a general surgeon as well as a plastic surgeon to perform both procedures at once. It is also very important that you submit exactly what is being done to your insurance company to be sure of what they will and will not cover beforehand.
Sometimes your surgeon may not advise you to receive both procedures at the same time. There is a greater risk for impaired blood supply to the umbilical stalk or the hernia may not be in the best place to also perform an abdominoplasty.
As with any surgical procedure, it is important that you know the costs and what is and isn’t covered by your insurance provider. Dr. Hovsepian will do his best to help you along this process. He will also be sure to go over any possible risks and side effects of the procedure to make sure you are confident and comfortable with your decision to undergo plastic surgery.
Call our office today and schedule a consultation to speak directly with Dr. Hovsepian today.