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Excess skin HURTS!
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Excess skin HURTS!

I had Roux-en-Y surgery in 2003. Starting weight was 309, weight now is 139. I am very proud to have lost and kept the weight off  BUT....... This 170 lb. weight loss has resulted in a LOT of excess skin. This excess skin causes a lot of pain by: rubbing against clothing, loose skin folds pinching together, skin-on-skin pressure causing bleeding, rashes, and irritation, skin folds promoting bacteria growth, skin weight pulling on the back/legs/arms/neck. WHY isn't removal automatically warranted in such extreme cases of weight loss? Medi-Cal calls it "cosmetic", and won't cover it This "empty" skin is giving me more trouble and pain than the fat ever did .It is like living day to day with a million little "tortures". It HURTS!
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Medi-Cal is state insurance so it doesn't tend to cover "cosmetic" surgery
See if you can get letters from your various doctors documenting recurrent rashes and infections to stress the medical necessity of the tummy tuck - maybe that will help
Good luck
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