Having Medicare coverage is super important as it can provide you with great coverage and help you save thousands of dollars in out-of-pocket medical costs. 

But, when it comes to surgeries, what exactly is covered?

In short, Medicare will cover medically necessary procedures. What does “medically necessary” mean? Well, it is services or supplies needed to treat, or even diagnose, a medical issue.

With this in mind, let’s go ahead and discuss what exactly Medicare will cover when it comes to surgeries.

Original Medicare (Part A and B)

As you may already know, Original Medicare is Part A and Part B combined. Part A will serve as your hospital insurance, whereas Part B will serve as your medical insurance coverage. Part A is also known as inpatient coverage, and Part B is outpatient coverage. So, when discussing surgeries and other serious procedures, determine with your doctor if you will be an inpatient or outpatient, as this can impact what costs you may pay out-of-pocket.

Now, let’s talk about the surgeries you can get coverage for.

Organ Transplants

For organ transplants, Medicare Part A will cover any services related to kidney, pancreas, lung, liver, heart, and intestine transplants (but only in certain conditions). Part A will also provide coverage for any tests, exams, or labs that need to be performed.

And, in certain cases, it will also cover immunosuppressive prescriptions, follow-up care, and stem cell transplants.

Now, what about Part B? Well, Part B will cover the same services as Part A (kidney, pancreas, lung, liver, heart, and intestine transplants) but only in a Medicare-certified facility. Part B may also cover immunosuppressive prescriptions in certain conditions.

However, unlike Part A, Part B may be able to provide coverage for cornea and bone marrow transplants.

Cosmetic Surgeries

Cosmetic surgeries are typically not covered by Medicare. However, there are certain conditions when it is, such as if you’ve suffered from an injury or need the function of a malformed body part improved. Medicare will also cover breast prostheses if you had a mastectomy due to breast cancer.

There are specific surgeries that Medicare will need approval and authorization for before coverage will even be provided. These surgeries include:

  • Blepharoplasty: eyelid surgery
  • Panniculectomy: removing excess skin from the lower abdomen region
  • Rhinoplasty: nose surgery
  • Vein ablation: closing off veins
  • Botox

Now, with this in mind, do realize that you will pay completely out-of-pocket for a cosmetic surgery if it is not covered under Medicare.

Other Coverage

Other surgeries and related services that could be deemed medically necessary and covered by Medicare can include:

  • Surgeries in an ambulatory surgical center
  • Anesthesia
  • Surgical services, such as treating a surgical wound
  • Second opinions or consultations on a surgery
  • Physical therapy
  • Occupational therapy
  • Speech-language pathology

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