Get your health question answered instantly from our pool of 18000+ doctors from over 80 specialties

136 Doctors Online
Doctor Image
MD
Dr. Andrew Rynne

Family Physician

Exp 50 years

I will be looking into your question and guiding you through the process. Please write your question below.

An aortic aneurysm 4.5 before paying for surgery

Will most health insurances require that an aortic aneurysm 4.5 cm before paying for surgery? I am 37 year-old male who has been recently been diagnosed with an aortic aneurysm in the area of 4cm. I will not know the exact size until 08/20. I am not going to be available for surgery for two years if I do not immediately go under the knife. Will most insurance companies pay for the surgery if the diameter is less than 4.5 cm? I currently have Humana and wonder about their coverage?
Mon, 14 Dec 2009
Report Abuse
Question is related to
Diseases and Conditions ,  
Medical Procedures
  User's Response
's  Response
Insurance issues aside, most vascular surgeons wait until the aneurysm is 5cm or larger before operating. The exception is if the aneurysm started growing rapidly. Why? Actually, it's simple. Numerous studies have shown that there is no mortality benefit to fixing a 'small' aneurysm. The risk from the surgery for a small AAA is actually higher than the risk from the aneurysm. If the AAA is around 4cm, then we usually get annual ultrasounds.
Disclaimer: These answers are for your information only and not intended to replace your relationship with your treating physician.
This is a short, free answer. For a more detailed, immediate answer, try our premium service [Sample answer]
Share on
 

Related questions you may be interested in

doctor1 MD

my son (2 months old) have heart murmur as follows mild AR,mild LVE(gud bv function) and mild TR (rusp24+rap) Aortic auns 8.5 mm DOB :26-Dec-09 Wt on Dob :3.18 (first test) SPO2 :100% HR :135/mt As on 20-Feb-10 Wt : 4.73 SPO2 : 98%(all based on 2d echo) HR :148/mt kindly confirm ist normal/cureable/it will recover it own/required surgery/up to god

doctor1 MD

I have recently been diagnosed with an aortic aneurism. It s 3.5 centimeters. I am a 53 year old female. I was wondering how big it has to get before I can have surgery? I am very worried about it rupturing and my dying from it every day since I found out.

doctor1 MD

My cousin was just diagnosed with a thoracic aortic aneurysm 7.5cm. Have any of you had this successfully treated wuth surgery? Thank you all. She will see a cardiac surgeon Thursday. She is scared. I will write her results here after.

Recent questions on  Aortic aneurysm

doctor1 MD

on 4/21st, I had an Endostent abdominal aortic aneurysm repair. Came home on (22nd), a light red rash in appearance started in the hospital, within 24 hrs of surgery, it has become increasingly expanding legs, (1/2 down thighs), waist, arms, underarms, Saw primary care doctor, he thought it probably was a drug reaction, however, it has intensified. to very bright reds. it appears to not breaking through the skin. Do not see the doctor that did the surgery for 2 weeks.

doctor1 MD

I have been told I have an ascending thoratic aortic aneurysm measuring 4.5cm. this seems to have developed in the last 2 years. . I have had my aortic valve replaced 13 years ago with a bovine one. At what stage do you think it needs to be repaired? 5cm. . this seems to have appeared in the last 2 years. I also have had aortic valve replaced with bovine valve I have been told I have and ascending thoratic aorta aneurysum measuring 4.13 years ago. at what stage do you thinit needs to be repaired? rta aneuysm

doctor1 MD

Had mechanical valve 25 yers ago at age 37...having it replaced in a week and aortic aneurysm repaired. Trying to decide on tissue or another mechanical valve....my body does not tolerate coumadin..very frequent protimes...two or three times monthly for 25 years. I am now 62...any advice? Surgery to be done at Duke.

doctor1 MD

My wife's scan of her heart shows a dilated aorta the right side is normal at 2CM but the left is distended to 4.3CM Currently the earliest we can get an appointment is XXXXXXX 10th. We have been told not to sit on this by our primary. Is this a...

doctor1 MD

just below my rib cage mild pain as two weeks passed by increased and for a day now sharp pain for a second about every 5 minutes. also have one small and one larger bulged visible on my skin near by. my doctor orderd a blood test which was...

doctor1 MD

My husband just told me he has been having pain in the left side of abdomen for last three nights. Woke him up at least once but is gone in AM. BP right now is 160/93. I am coN cerned about an abdominal aortic anuerysm. HE HAS THE PAIN NOW BUT IS...

doctor1 MD

I am having pain at the lower part of my ribs on my right side but it isn't my ribs. I have fullness & indigestion. When I was at the chiropractor this week, my pulse was running around 100 to 110 but my blood pressure was 122/84. I am 39, 5'2" & weight 118 lbs. I have had an abdominal ultrasound about 3 months ago for this same pain & my doctor reported everything looked normal. History: both parents have high blood pressure, grandmother died from lung & adrenal cancer & other grandmother had abdominal aortic aneurism.