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Wife suffering from severe back and abdominal pain after giving birth to son 2 years ago. Struggles to walk. Can barely bend over or move without pain. Struggles to lift things. Suffers incontinence. To our knowledge the abdominoplasty procedure is still not covered by medicare but we cannot find any information on whether there has been anymore public information about this procedure in regards to its status in the medicare system and when the last updates on the situation were made available. Kind regards Tom

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Naveen Somia

NSW

Naveen Somia

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Thanks Tom. Sorry to hear about your wife's discomfort. At this stage Abdominoplasty only if you have very specific features following massive weight loss. Regards
Nicholas Moncrieff Avatar

Nicholas Moncrieff

NSW

Nicholas Moncrieff

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Dear Tom I hear you! The Government changed the rules back in 2016 and made it a lot harder for mums to get help with muscle repair following babies! As a group of Specialist Plastic Surgeons we have tried to change this unfair discrimination against mums as currently they can only access a Medicare rebate and health fund assistance if they can demonstrate significant weight loss causing health issues such as chronic skin infections from excess skin. I contributed to a national study, along with 8 other Australian Specialist Plastic Surgeons, which was published in the American Society of Plastic Surgeon’s ‘Plastic and Reconstructive Journal’ on the functional benefits of tummy tucks. It clearly demonstrates the benefits of the procedure to reduce back pain and incontinence based on the experience of over 200 of our patients. I'm not sure if links work properly on this site, but the research is here if it is something you want to pursue with your local federal member of parliament: https://journals.lww.com/plasreconsurg/Fulltext/2018/03000/Abdominoplasty_Improves_Low_Back_Pain_and_Urinary.13.aspx We are hoping this research is able to convince the Federal Health Minister to overturn a 2016 ban on Medicare support for mothers seeking abdominoplasty! We keep hearing updates that the Government has accepted the science, but giving the funding is another issue. Sorry the news isn't better at this stage. Kind regards Dr Nick Moncrieff