Help me build a case for breast-reduction surgery!
October 13, 2010 10:14 AM Subscribe
Breast-reduction surgery has been my unreachable dream for nearly twenty years now. At long last, finally armed with half-decent insurance, I've reached the point where they haven't said yes yet, but they also haven't said no. But now, how to proceed?
posted by anonymous to health & fitness (11 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
Right now, they're asking for well-documented records of physical impairment and attempts at conservative treatment.
Unfortunately, coming from a family that employed the "grit your teeth and bear it" approach to medical care, I'm not very savvy or confident about navigating the healthcare area. Despite plenty of legitimate woes, there's no real paper trail.
The physical impairments include nonstop neck pain, nonstop shoulder pain, lower back pain, shoulder grooves, and slouching. In workplaces, I have actually burned them cooking and pinched them stacking boxes, they're just that unwieldy. They look ridiculous on me. But the last straw has been that during running, being so topheavy seems to pull everything off-center, even with an industrial-strength jog bra that feels like a vise. I really don't want to give up running, even though I am already so self-conscious that I'm only comfortable exercising after dark. The conventional treatment approaches I've taken have included free weights, back strengthening exercises, alignments, running with weights and a mountain of failed "miracle" bras (expensive, yes, miraculous, no.)
So it seems like I'm close, but I fear starting down a new (this time documented) path of "conservative treatments" will be time-consuming, expensive in its own right, and may still lead to denial at the end of the day from the insurance company. I've existed in this state for decades and am beyond ready for a reduction, sooner rather than later. What can I do to get the approval from the insurance company I need to make it happen?
(Anonymous because people I know IRL read here. Throwaway gmail: firstname.lastname@example.org)