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Will Tricare cover post-pregnancy tummy tuck?

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I’m an active-duty soldier currently deployed to Afghanistan. My wife has not been herself since the birth of our baby a little over a year ago. She has been depressed about the way her body has changed. While she has tried many different supplements and workout systems, she is still unhappy about the way her stomach looks. Would Tricare cover a tummy tuck for her?

Tricare will cover a tummy tuck — and most other forms of reconstructive surgery — only when a doctor determines such a procedure to be medically necessary. In the specific case of a tummy tuck, Tricare will cover it only if the procedure is performed in conjunction with an abdominal or pelvic surgery that a medical doctor determines would significantly contribute to safe and effective correction or improvement of bodily function. Tummy tucks for purely cosmetic reasons — as well as any other purely cosmetic surgery, such as nose jobs, face lifts, hair transplants and liposuction — cannot be covered by Tricare.