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A Complete List of Procedures and Surgeries that are Covered by Medicare

We've all heard the phrase "It's better to be safe than sorry." And the saying is true, which is why it's important to know the procedures and surgeries that are covered by Medicare. While there might be other surgeries not yet listed that may also be covered, here is a list that offers a list of procedures and surgeries for you to learn about.

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What is a Cosmetic Surgery?

Cosmetic surgery is a type of surgery that is not covered by Medicare. These surgeries are usually done on the lower body.

Understanding the Different Procedures and Surgeries covered by Medicare

-A broken leg may be covered if it’s caused by an accident, such as a fall. 

-A hernia operation may be covered if it’s necessary to fix a torn muscle or other internal organs. 

-If you have diabetes and your foot becomes gangrenous, Medicare may cover amputation. 

-If you have cancer and your tumor is inoperable or has spread beyond the area that can be removed by surgery, Medicare may cover chemotherapy or radiation therapy. 

-If you have severe rheumatoid arthritis and have had five or more joints replaced, Medicare may cover 80% of the cost of the replacement joint.

Some common procedures and surgeries that Medicare covers include: 

-Breast augmentation (augmentation mammaplasty)

-Breast reduction (reduction mammoplasty)

-Celiac disease surgery

-Cholecystectomy (gallbladder removal)

-Cosmetic surgery (including breast reconstruction, liposuction, and eyelid lift) 


-Dyslipidemia (high cholesterol or triglyceride levels) treatment with medications such as statins or niacin 

-Ear, nose, and throat surgery 

-Endometriosis surgery 

-Gallbladder removal 

Many other procedures and surgeries are covered by Medicare, but these are just a few examples. To find out if a particular procedure or surgery is covered by your health

insurance plan, please consult your policy documents or speak with a healthcare provider.