Hi Trish

Avatarkath asked 5 years ago

a few years ago I had surgery on my abdomen area it left me with nasty scaring it was a surgery mess up the dr went in cut my bowel sent me home I arrived back in terrible pain was rushed back in, recently I was told o loose weight due to my back is starting to act up my bowel was shortned and I wasn’t given well help in how to cope with it I had a colostomy for well over 9 months.
My question is now I am loosing weight its affecting the scars they are opening up and causing pain , someone said to look into having the exra skin removed once I reach my goal weight due to the pain its causing me due to the scars getting infected would medicare help with this seeing the scars happened because of a messed up operation as Iam so fed up with them bleeding and getting infected

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TrishTrish Contributor answered 5 years ago

Hi Kath
Oh wow, what a horrible thing to have to go through! Without a physical consultation from a plastic surgeon we can’t answer your question. But I can say this which is a response provided by a plastic surgeon earlier.
“To attract an item number strict criteria in the condition that are determined by Medicare have to be met.  It can really only be determined on clinical examination and quite often photographs get sent to Canberra for final arbritation.  Unfortunately there are no simple guidelines apart from the fact that to get an item number for conditions that could be deemed wholly or even partially cosmetic, the criteria are getting tighter and tighter.  You need a specialist consultation to determine whether you meet the Medicare criteria.”
Hope that helps, and let me know if you’d like us to put you in touch with a plastic surgeon.

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