By using the site you agree to our Privacy, Cookies, and Terms of Service Policies. Has 5 years experience. Specializes in Psychiatry. Has 5 years experience. Resumption of Elective Surgery May 21, 2020 Recently, the department updated the policy on elective surgeries and procedures. J.B. Pritzker's regional Restore Illinois coronavirus plan Tuesday — the same day the governor announced Tier 3 would apply to the entire state. Odd question but I don't know where else to go besides to my unit and it's kind of a personal matter IMO. In addition, one of my plastic surgery techs spent nearly a decade in the military and he often speaks of the cosmetic surgeries that he knows where done or participated in. Limits on elective surgeries were removed from the Tier 3 of the "menu of mitigation options" included in Gov. See additional information. Elective surgery performed on active duty military members must be coordinated through the 6th Medical Group, and approved by the 6th MDG commander and the individual's unit commander. Our members represent more than 60 professional nursing specialties. Having seen and talked to many of these military patients, I have become aware that elective plastic surgery is often done at Armed Services facilities. (hernia repair). Military members must first meet with a health benefits advisor at the TRICARE office to go over the regulations for obtaining an elective procedure. Similar situations may exist for rhinoplasty (breathing problems), otoplasty (helmet wearing), and even tummy tucks. Elective surgery is prohibited without prior written approval of your squadron commander and military treatment facility commander (MTF/CC) IAW AFI 44-102 (Medical Care Management), paragraph 6.2. Having seen and talked to many of these military patients, I have become aware that elective plastic surgery is often done at Armed Services facilities. I have my own insurance, not tricare, and I'm not asking the military to pay for anything. Of significance, the military report suggests that plastic surgeons are increasingly leaving the military because of their inability to keep up their cosmetic surgery skills due to the 2005 patient payment policy. As an appreciation of what our military does around the world, our Patriot Program exists to help make plastic surgery more affordable to them. According to a recent article in Stars and Stripes (passed along to me by one of my military patients…he thought I might be interested), the military says it does not pay for unnecessary plastic surgery. Should it? Cosmetic plastic surgery is changing what is not deformed, injured, or diseased. I'm new to the reserves so I just wanted to be sure that this wouldn't be a concern. One of the real interesting sides to this story, and one that we face every day in the civilian world with medical insurance, is what is the difference between medically necessary (reconstructive) and cosmetic plastic surgery. If there's a question about a profile, just have the surgeon write something generic out; which really shouldnt be necessary if your unit isnt scheduled for a pt test. We and our partners will store and/or access information on your device through the use of cookies and similar technologies, to display personalised ads and content, for ad and content measurement, audience insights and product development. Find out more about how we use your information in our Privacy Policy and Cookie Policy. Has 13 years experience. By definition, plastic surgery is reconstructive if it restores or repairs appearance or function from trauma, disease, or birth defects. allnurses.com, INC, 7900 International Drive #300, Bloomington MN 55425 The very existence of plastic surgery as we know it today is the result of the experience gained in the first two World Wars in the first half of the last century. 1-612-816-8773. However, it appears that some service members and their dependents are having cosmetic surgery on the military’s (your) dime according to the audit. Because military plastic surgeons need to keep their skills up for when they get out (and to encourage them to enter the military in the first place), they are allowed to perform cosmetic plastic surgery for patients as long as they pay for it…just what people have to do in the civilian world.

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