Here are three lipomas I removed from a woman’s arm. Interestingly, the medical coding system has changed recently to cover removal of tumors like this as long as they are 3 cm or over. Her health insurance actually paid for the surgery. Then again they just assigned the majority of the cost to her deductible. When we tried to pre-approve the procedure, we were told that no approval was required. It is only when you bill the case that you find the real truth unfortunately.
John Di Saia MD
Originally posted 2011-03-22 07:30:07.