2014-03-10 20:33:56 - Bariatric Surgery has been covered by most insurance policies since obesity was classified as a disease by the American Medical Association and Medicare this past year. This has resulted in a steady demand and increase in surgical weight loss procedures being performed. However, post weight loss face and body contouring or bariatric plastic surgery is rarely covered by private insurance nor is it included in the Affordable Care Act.
Bariatric Plastic Surgery not covered in Affordable Care Act
Approximately one million gastric bypass or lap band procedures to treat obesity were done over the past 10 years according to the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) and Allergan.
During this same time, only about 80,000 patients have had lower body lifts, one of the most common bariatric plastic surgery procedures, according to the latest statistics of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS). “This leaves hundreds of thousands of patients that have lost tremendous amounts of weight anxiously waiting to complete their transformational journey”, said Dr. Edward Domanskis, President of the American Society of Bariatric Plastic Surgeons (ASBPS).
ASBPS is striving to make these plastic surgery procedures covered
expenses. “We feel that the deformities that patients who have lost massive amounts of weight have are just as debilitating as what they experienced when they were obese”, continued Dr. Domanskis.
“We are looking forward to when there will be a single payout by the insurance carriers to cover not only the bariatric surgery, but also removal of the tremendous excess face and body tissue that remains”, concluded Dr. Domanskis.
The American Society of Bariatric Plastic Surgeons was established by plastic surgeons that specialize in body contouring surgery to meet the needs of these patients that have lost significant amounts of weight through non-surgical means such as diet or exercise or through the various bariatric procedures such as gastric bypass and lap band surgery. ASBPS also helps guide these patients to find a knowledgeable and experienced plastic surgeon to help them. Its members are all certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgeons or the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and most are members of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons as well as the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery or the Canadian Society of Plastic Surgeons.