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  • bbmhayes
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    Hi, I had ALIF surgery in 2020 for my back L4L5. During the surgery the vascular surgeon made a incision the rectus sheath was insiced lontitudely, and the rectus muscle was retracted laterally. The posterior rectus sheet was incised logtitutaly. Since this surgery I have had nothing but problems with my stomach area. 2 hernia repairs, and a hysterectomy. I hurt continuously. I have since consulted with 2 surgeons that have recommended a tummy tuck. My question would be with all of these issues will a insurance cover this? I also have severe diastasis recti according to my MRI that I did not have before my surgery. Did this occur from my surgery when they separated the muscles to perform surgery? I have my surgery notes and would love for you to review them.
    Do you think my insurance will cover this tummy tuck?

    Donald Corenman, MD, DC
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    If your abdominal dehiscence is originally from failure of healing of the anterior approach lumbar surgery, I would assume that you should be covered to repair the dehiscence. However, with what I know of insurance companies, they would take the hysterectomy into account and possibly use that as an excuse to not pay for the procedure. I would not call it a “tummy tuck” but call it what it really is, a repair of a rectus diastasis.

    Dr. Corenman

    Donald Corenman, MD, DC
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    If your abdominal dehiscence is originally from failure of healing of the anterior approach lumbar surgery, I would assume that you should be covered to repair the dehiscence. However, with what I know of insurance companies, they would take the hysterectomy into account and possibly use that as an excuse to not pay for the procedure. I would not call it a “tummy tuck” but call it what it really is, a repair of a rectus diastasis.

    Dr. Corenman

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