Question by  Gypsyscorpio (24)

Will medicare pay for gastric bypass revision surgery?

I know that medicare will pay for gastric bypass but does it also cover the surgery to have it reversed.


Answer by  Rubberchicken (819)

Medicare will likely not pay for gastric bypass surgery unless a second opinion from a doctor shows that the surgery is needed for assistance in other concurrent health issues, such as diabetes. In the vast majority of obesity cases, Medicare will look for other obesity management alternatives.


Answer by  Roland27 (16334)

That is something that you're going to need to call Medicare and talk to them about. It varies state by state what they cover so it's always best to ask BEFORE you get the procedure done to avoid finding out later that for some reason you won't be covered and you have to pay the bill yourself.


Answer by  flamiss22 (5081)

They will if it is medically necessary as not to put your life at more risk or a mistake was made the first time.


Answer by  John (9008)

Generally speaking, Medicare is obligated to pay for any surgery or procedure that is medically necessary and not experimental. This procedure probably counts. However, you can count on having to fight with them to get approval; you will certainly need extensive documentation from your doctor that you really need the procedure.


Answer by  Latin4 (11170)

No, they consider it cosmetic surgery. But like everything else it all depends what the doctors states that needs to be done.

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