The Cost of Vaginal Surgery: Is it Covered by Insurance?
When it comes to cosmetic surgery, including cosmetic gynecology surgeries, many women may be put off from getting the procedures based on the costs and not being sure whether or not it will be covered by insurance. However, if the procedure is needed, or the patient wishes to truly go through with their vaginal surgery, then being aware of the costs is always important.
It is important to keep in mind that the procedure itself is not the only cost you will have to look at – you will also have to consider several other factors, such as time off from work. Let’s take a look at the costs of vaginal surgery, as well as the associated costs with the procedure.
Vaginoplasty – What is It?
A vaginoplasty is one of the most common vaginal surgeries. Many women opt for this procedure each year. A vaginoplasty is a procedure that is a vaginal surgery that helps to restore a youthful look and feel to the vagina. It is a form of reconstructive surgery that tightens up the vaginal canal. A tighter vaginal canal can help restore sensation during sexual activities, making sex more pleasurable for both partners in a relationship.
This surgery is one of the most requested cosmetic surgeries and can even be combined with different procedures, such as a labiaplasty, clitoral hood reduction, or monsplasty. A vaginoplasty can help women who are suffering from vaginal laxity for a variety of reasons, including aging, childbirth, weight loss, and even certain medications. A vaginoplasty isn’t always just a cosmetic procedure, either – some doctors swear by this procedure to help with certain medical conditions, such as stress urinary incontinence.
What is the Cost of a Vaginoplasty?
A vaginoplasty has several factors to take into consideration when you are looking into the potential cost of the procedure. The procedure itself typically runs between $4,000 and $20,000. This might seem like a very pricey procedure, but most procedures typically fall in the middle of that range. The overall cost of the procedure has several contributing factors. Those factors are broken down as such:
- Training, experience, and excellence of the provider performing the procedure
- Potential consultation fee
- Training and experience of the anesthesiologist performing the anesthesia during the procedure
- The location in which you intend to receive the procedure – vaginal surgery varies in price from state to state and country to country
- Recovery expenses, such as time needed off of work, childcare expenses, follow-up appointments, etc.
While the cost of vaginal surgery varies from place to place and provider to provider, it is important to note that when choosing where to get your procedure performed, you should always opt for a provider who has experience in the field, as well as a high success and satisfaction rate among the patients he or she cares for.
Is Vaginoplasty Covered by Insurance?
One of the most popular questions regarding the cost of vaginal surgery is whether or not it is covered by insurance. Before we answer that, let’s take a look at the difference between cosmetic surgery and reconstructive surgery – two different surgical types that vaginal surgeries can fall under.
Cosmetic Surgery is a surgery that is done in order to change the appearance of an area of the body for aesthetic purposes and the improvement of an individual’s self-esteem.
Reconstructive Surgery is a type of surgery that helps to repair a certain part of the body after trauma from congenital defects, tumors, infection, disease, or other medically necessary reasons.
Most of the time, a vaginoplasty or other vaginal surgery will not be covered by insurance, as it is typically performed as a cosmetic surgery. However, if you are considering treatment for other reasons, such as severe trauma following childbirth, or another medical concern, such as a treatment for stress urinary incontinence, your doctor may be able to consider the procedure as a medically necessary procedure under reconstructive surgery.
If this is applicable, insurance may pay in full or in part for the procedure. In order to get a definite answer, it is important to talk to your doctor as well as your insurance company so that you can get a more concrete quote and idea of how much vaginal surgery will cost.
If you would like to learn more about vaginal surgery or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Ghozland, call the office today at 310-393-9359, and we will be happy to help you!