procedures/body

Abdominoplasty

About

Abdominoplasty is a surgical procedure to remove excess lower abdominal skin and tighten the underlying muscle wall. The result is a flatter, firmer and more attractive looking abdomen. Tightening the abdominal muscles improves their function and may also improve core strength. There is evidence this improves back pain and continence. This is a procedure best suited to those who have excess abdominal skin due to weight loss, pregnancy or other causes.

Hospital

The procedure is performed in a Fully accredited hospital under General Anaesthesia. Hospital stay is between 3-5 days for a full abdominoplasty. Mini abdominoplasties may go home the same day, but usually stay at least one night.

Recovery

Depending on the job you have, it is best to have at least 4 weeks off work, and/or help with small children for this time. It will take up to 3 months for a full recovery.

Fees

The total fee has 3 components, the Surgeon's fee, the Anaesthetic fee, and the Hospital fee. If you have private cover and qualify for the Medicare item number your total fee will be approximately $9500.00, before any rebates. If you do not have insurance, or do not qualify, the hospital fee will be an additional $5,000 - $6,000.

Medicare eligibility

In regards to Abdominoplasty there is only a Medicare item number available for patients who meet the following criteria: (1) there is intertrigo or another skin condition that risks loss of skin integrity and has failed 3 months of conventional (or non surgical) treatment; (2) the redundant skin and fat interferes with the activities of daily living; and (3) the weight has been stable for at least 6 months following significant weight loss prior to the lipectomy.

Check your cover

You should call your healthfund and check that you have the appropriate level of cover for this operation. The item number for this operation is 30177.

procedures/body

Abdominoplasty

About

Abdominoplasty is a surgical procedure to remove excess lower abdominal skin and tighten the underlying muscle wall. The result is a flatter, firmer and more attractive looking abdomen. Tightening the abdominal muscles improves their function and may also improve core strength. There is evidence this improves back pain and continence. This is a procedure best suited to those who have excess abdominal skin due to weight loss, pregnancy or other causes.

Hospital

The procedure is performed in a Fully accredited hospital under General Anaesthesia. Hospital stay is between 3-5 days for a full abdominoplasty. Mini abdominoplasties may go home the same day, but usually stay at least one night.

Recovery

Depending on the job you have, it is best to have at least 4 weeks off work, and/or help with small children for this time. It will take up to 3 months for a full recovery.

Fees

The total fee has 3 components, the Surgeon's fee, the Anaesthetic fee, and the Hospital fee. If you have private cover and qualify for the Medicare item number your total fee will be approximately $9500.00, before any rebates. If you do not have insurance, or do not qualify, the hospital fee will be an additional $5,000 - $6,000.

Medicare eligibility

In regards to Abdominoplasty there is only a Medicare item number available for patients who meet the following criteria: (1) there is intertrigo or another skin condition that risks loss of skin integrity and has failed 3 months of conventional (or non surgical) treatment; (2) the redundant skin and fat interferes with the activities of daily living; and (3) the weight has been stable for at least 6 months following significant weight loss prior to the lipectomy.

Check your cover

You should call your healthfund and check that you have the appropriate level of cover for this operation. The item number for this operation is 30177.