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    Hi,

    I am just starting my research. I really want a TT but I am so terrified about going under the knife and i am so worried about the price, I have found some online sites with offers but I have also read alot of horrow stories. Any advice ladies, you both seem so confident and excited - it is so refreshing to read. This is something I have come accross:

    http://www.groupon.com.au/deals/nati...erm-/715855595


    It is a groupon voucher that gives you a large discount when you redeem the offer. What do you think??


    Bridget x
    Last edited by Bridget; 05-09-2011 at 09:33 PM. Reason: I found a link that i had talked about previously

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    Default Melbourne tt's? where to go

    Can anybody tell me where in melbourne i can get a tt done covered by medicare after weight loss i know the alfred definitely wont do it any ideas for referrals or hospitals please?

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    just letting everyone know, i got a free tummy tuck in Victoria, it wasn't called a tummy tuck but a abdominal wall plasty! I saw the specialist from Hamilton and went on the public waiting list and now i'm 2 weeks post surgery only after 3 months!! it wasn't done by a ps but a general surgeon but i don't care, it looks fantastic and i'm ecstatic! my scar was "glued" also and is a bit puffy above the scar line, i don't know if that's just swelling or how it's going to be but who am i to complain when it was 100% covered! so so happy!!!

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    Hi

    I'm in SA. My TT is in 2 weeks. I got a referral my my GP ad I have two hernias, one I've always had and a new one which arrived after my third baby. I had three csecs which I'm told didn't help. My plastic surgeon told me that it's covered by Medicare if you've had three or more kids or if you've had multiples. Same with a breast augmentation. This is only once you are 12 months postnatal. My youngest had just turned 1 when I was told I had a surgical date so I basically waited 2 months.

    The surgeon tells me I'm only having the surgery to fix my hernias but in order to fix them he says he has to do a full abdominoplasty, sewing the stomach muscles back together as mine are far apart which is why I have the hernias and still look pregnant.

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    Hi everyone, it's my 1st post in here
    I had an appointment with Julie Lawrence today & I am absolutely ecstatic to be on her waiting list for a TT!! She said to expect a 12 month wait, which is good, because I'm aiming to lose 15kg before my surgery. I will have no out of pocket expense either :-o
    I also asked about a breast lift & she said that I will be eligible for that through medicare too, but I'm going to discuss it with her more thoroughly at my next appointment with her, before my surgery. She mentioned that a reduction may be a good idea, but said to think about it & let her know.
    Has anyone had these procedures together??
    Or does anyone have any feedback about Julie Lawrence?

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    Default has anyone had it done in melbourne or flown from melbourne to have it done?

    Hey guys awesome posts just wondering if anyone has been able to get this dne in melbourne or know if i can fly interstate and get a tt/hernia repair or tt for losing a large amount of weight

    Thanks im so desperate seems nowhere has a public list either way im looking for the best but most affordable/cheapest option

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    Exclamation Free surgery in NSW

    I've recently had twins babies and my stomach muscles tore 6.5cms. I've lost most of the weight but the more I Lose the more it sags. Does anyone know of any surgeons whom do surgery under Medicare In NSW, if they done Boob lifts too that would be even better. If not SA here I come.
    Last edited by Allyce; 15-11-2011 at 01:48 PM. Reason: Wrong spelling and wanted to request more info.

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    Hi,
    I am reading all of this hoping that I will find some responses from the doctors when asked about medicare covering this surgery. I have a real fear that if I ask my doctor I will feel stupid to ask if something for cosmetic reasons can be covered by Medicare. I know the system is crammed and there are a lot of really sick people waiting out there but I feel that the way my tummy looks is somewhat making me a hermit. I have always been slim and after two births got my figure back within a year but this third pregnancy something has changed. I had c sections every birth and now I have this weird shaped belly when I do a sit up ( for eg) It goes all egg shaped and a really high point in the middle. I also have excess skin which at the moment is not sagging because it has extra weight in it but I am sure if I lost more it would be loose. I have been asked when I was due a few times since the birth of my third child and it does nothing for my self esteem The tummy is not in proportion to the rest of my body. I have gained weight generally but my tummy is definitely out there...What did you all ask when you went to the doctor? Ask to be referred straight away or ask for a diagnosis of why your tummy looks the way it looks? If I ask to be referred to a surgeon do I have to ask for a specific surgeon to be covered by medicare?
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    Hi Narelle,

    I am wondering if there was a medical reason for your surgery that helped you to get it through Medicare ? I would be more than happy to have it done by a general surgeon if it means I would be fixed. A general surgeon did my cesarians I could never understand why they wouldn't fix it all up before they closed up. I am so unhappy with myself at the moment but I can't pin point why I have such a fear of going to see a doctor about it. I can not afford $10k plus for surgery I know that much, maybe that is where most of my hesitation is...

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    Hi hatemytummy, You seem to have similar to what I had. I had also lost all of my pregnancy weight but still had excessive skin left behind. I didn't have a huge muscle separation but I did have the excessive skin & that was enough to make me depressed. It made it nearly impossible for me to wear fitted dresses & in addition to that, I always had a huge tummy even when wearing a size 6-8.

    My understanding is that the PS will assess each patient differently. I had my TT done privately & so I had to pay for it, but my PS still allowed me to claim it under medicare by giving the item number on my invoice. You should def try & get onto a public wait list for this proceedure though cause the amount you get back from medicare if you do it privately is negligable. See here, its item 30177. Also, you shouldn't feel bad about asking for this proceedure to be fixed under medicare. You would need to ask your GP to refer you to a Plastic surgeon who works in the public health system. Another way to find out is to contact the plastic surgery outpatients clinic at your local hospital. You would need to get your GP to give you a referral but don't feel bad about that. If you have a large amount of abdominal separation a TT can help repair it. Some women get quite bad back pain from large amounts of abdominal separation so you should get it looked at.

    Even for myself, my abdominal separtion wasn't bad at all (I only had 1cm) but I still had it fixed, It's worth doing if its going to improve your self confidence so def consider at least having a consultation!

    Also, general surgeons don't perform this proceedure. I wouldn't let anyone other than a Board certified PS perform this proceedure on me. There are too many things that can go wrong & its a much more complex surgery that it seems. I had my TT performed by a Board Certified PS & in all honesty I think he could have done a much better job. Despite choosing a board certified PS I still feel as though my TT needs more work! Don't get me wrong, I am still glad that I had it done (no regrets there) but just saying that it could have ended up a disaster if a non board certified surgeon attemted to do it.

    I know its hard to live with a wrinkled up tummy but you don't want to end up feeling botched if you choose a surgeon who does a poor job.
    LilyM

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