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How can I get abdominoplasty after having diastasis of the muscle occurring from three attempts to repair a hernia?

Q:

I have diastasis of the muscle after three attempts to repair a hernia.  I need an abdominoplasty from all of these surgeries and my insurance company(WC) will pay for it; however, I can't find anyone to do it.  They think I have chosen to do this as an elective surgery which is not the case.  I need it fixed as it is so large that I am unable to do bending or exercising.  Please advise!

A:

Your situation sounds a bit complicated and can best be answered at the time of a personal consultation. Tummy tucks are generally considered cosmetic, and the abdominal wall repair may be more involved than what is routinely done with a tummy tuck. Combining cosmetic and reconstructive procedures can be problematic in terms of insurance coverage.

R.A. Baxter, MD

Richard A. Baxter, M.D.
Mountlake Terrace, WA

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