If you need an umbilical hernia repair, chances are you have had a child and also have loose, excess skin on your belly, and possibly even damaged abdomen muscles. Getting a tummy tuck along with your hernia repair is convenient and rewarding! Many Beverly Hills plastic surgeons believe it is an awesome idea for women who could use the tummy tuck, and it makes dual use of just on incision.
Umbilical hernia repairs are frequently seen as a medical necessity by your insurance company and are eligible for reimbursement, so you would only be paying for the extra steps of the tummy tuck out of pocket. Your plastic surgeon will need to fax a preauthorization sheet to your insurance company for the hernia repair. It can take about six weeks to get a response from most insurance companies. When electing to undergo a cosmetic procedure simultaneously with a medical procedure, the insurance company will typically put more pressure on the surgeon to provide proof of the necessity of the medical procedure.
In some instances it may not be medically advised to have the tummy tuck at the same time of the hernia repair. Your Beverly Hills plastic surgeon will have to help you determine whether or not you are a candidate for this type on procedure. Another hold up you might face if you are having your hernia repair covered by an insurance company is that insurance companies like to delegate the exact surgeon or facility to perform the covered procedure, which could eliminate the convenience factor all together.
If you have an umbilical hernia and are also interested in having a tummy tuck, call the Beverly Hills office of Dr. Raffi Hovsepian. He will help you determine your candidacy for the procedure, as well as answers any other questions you may have about a dual tummy tuck, hernia repair procedure.