Does anyone know if medical insurance will cover a Deviated Septum Surgery?

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  1. PistolPeteMMA Yellow Belt

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    I have a Deviated Septum and I want to get it fixed to help with breathing and of course my cardio. I have Blue Cross Blue Shield for insurance and was curious if anyone knows if this would be covered? I'm thinking it's not and wanted to get an idea before calling my Dr.

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    Sorry meant to post in off topic.
     
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    Call them and ask.
     
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    Yeah call and ask, but I have US Army Med insurance and they covered mine
     
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    not that this is totally honest... but if you say you got your shit busted in an attack... crime victims assistance will cover it, just donate money to their organization to cover your karma.

    but on the legit side... if you are experiencing medical conditions OTHER than the deviated septum such as: sleep apnia, constant nosebleeds, trouble breathing during work or normal activities, etc. basically if it "interferes" with your daily life or work... then insurance should cover it. be sure to mention those things. also an ENT (ear nose and throat) specialist may be able to help you in this inquiry.

    just a little worst case scenario warning... people who have surgery on their nose occasionally end up losing their water tight characteristic.

    EDIT: oh and some mouth guards have a little slot for breathing.
     
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    I broke my nose a few years back tweaked the bones and the septum was deviated pretty badly. My insurance covered the surgery to rebreak and straighten the bones as well as straighten the septum. It will probably cover it just list it as a traumatic injury. I asked the doctor afterwards if I could still box and she told me if I get hit directly in the nose the septum coukd turn sideways on me.
     
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    Funny I just had that surgery done on Thursday. I also have Blue Cross/Blue Shield and went to an ENT for the evaluation and surgery. I ended up paying $400 towards my deductible but the rest was covered (I think out of pocket it would have been over $10,000). The first two days of recovery really sucked but it is already getting better.
     
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    my wife was able to get her's taken care of by insurance. It was Blue Cross and Blue Shield insurance.

    Going to have to call your insurance company ahead of time and also make sure the facility you are going to and doctor are on their approved vendor list. That was one problem my wife had, her doctor was on the list but the surgery center she went to was not so we have to fight that for a couple of months.
     
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    So, do you think within a week after your surgery you will be able to workout? I don't mean sparring or anything like that but would you be able to grapple, or hit a heavy bag? I'm really thinking of looking into this esp. if it is going to help my breathing and endurance.
     
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    no. 6 weeks is the recommended time according to my g/f's doctor who just customized her nose.

    maybe if you breathe thru your mouth but the heat and vibration probably isn't good. you'll tap your face accidentally when you hit the heavy bag, bang your nose on things when you roll w/ partners... etc.
     
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    My doctor said that most people can lift at 14 days and wrestle at 21. The surgery was one week ago yesterday, and I personally feel like I could start light lifting in a couple days but do not yet feel ready. It took me until yesterday to even be willing to spot somebody on the bench press because until then even lifting a 45 lb plate made me feel like my nose was going to explode.
     
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