Post-Op Medications?

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I have surgery scheduled for November 1st and I'm trying to make sure I have all my ducks in a row. I'm pretty sure my insurance will not cover the medications (due to the fact they were for cosmetic surgery), and I was curious if anyone paid for their post-op meds out of pocket and could tell me about how much you paid for them? Thanks in advance.

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  • Download the GoodRX app. My prescriptions were 150$ I paid 38$ 🙃

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      • Daj
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      • DaJ
      • 13 days ago
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      Liz Torrxoxo I second this on GoodRX and was about to type the same thing had I not seen your response. Probably saved me almost $200!! Best app EVA...

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  • I paid out of pocket 60 bucks. 

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  • All mine were $51.00.

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  • We are self pay and only paid $33 for all 4 medications. 

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  • Get your PCP to prescribe them and your insurance will cover them.

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  • My insurance actually covered my prescriptions so my out of pocket was only around $20. They gave me all generic. I’d see if they cover through the pharmacy first...if not goodrx is a good option for drug coupons.  

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      • Athena
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      • 2 wk ago
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      Emilyw Yea, I went through insurance as well. I paid about $6 for everything. 

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  • My insurance paid for all my medications post op with no questions 

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  • If you have prescription insurance, it will be covered. Doesn't matter who wrote it  or what procedure you had. As long as the drug is covered by your plan in the first place. Have worked in pharmacy +28 years.

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      • Liz
      • Liz.2
      • 13 days ago
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      sunshinefl I am in the military, and I had to sign a waiver stating that Tricare would not cover any expenses related to the BA given that it is an elective cosmetic surgery.

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      • Katie Lynn
      • Katie_Lynn
      • 12 days ago
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      Liz I have tricare and they covered my scripts last week.

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  • The pharmacy ran my prescriptions through my insurance and they paid for them and never questioned it :)

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  • My insurance covered the prescriptions written by my surgeon. Doesn’t say what they’re for on the prescription. 

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  • I'm assuming my insurance covered at least part of it, because I only paid like $20 out of pocket for all of the medications

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  • When you get an RX from a Dr. for pain or antibiotic your insurance will pay for that. It doesn't matter what the surgery is. However, your short term disability will not pay for cosmetic surgery. Only if your Dr writes that it is covered and gives you reports confirming the procedure. Then at that point, it is up to your insurance to decide whether to pay you for the time you are off work! They go by their rules and stipulations! 

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  • As some others mentioned, your insurance will likely cover the prescriptions when a doctor prescribes them. 

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  • What medications were you ladies prescribed?  Just curious.

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      Tryingtodecide 

       

      1.  valium (diazepam) - for the night before and morning of surgery 

      2. Oxycodone (Percocet) for pain

      3. Cyclobenzaprine (flexeril) - muscle relaxer

      4. Phenergan - for nausea

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  • Thank you for the names of the meds.

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  • Has anyone attempted to recover without narcotics, and not doing rapid recovery? I'm planning on taking Gabapentin and Valium only. What else has worked for you?

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    • B. Kind  I’m on day 2 and couldn’t imagine doing it without strong painkillers. The good thing is that they knock you out so you can just sleep and recover. I have a high pin tolerance (had a baby with no pain meds) and this hurts for real. 😂 

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      • B. Kind
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      • Brenna_KristinLiesma_Ki
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      Goodlife22 that's what I'm worried about. My first two deliveries were with no meds (had a midwife). I figured if I can do that, i can do anything.  This has made me wonder,  based on what I've heard. I may need to bite the bullet and take stronger meds... what did u end up taking?

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    • B. Kind I have hydrocodone for pain, Valium for muscle relaxer, keflex for antibiotic, and phenergen for nausea. I probably botched the spelling on all of those. 

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      • Masukka
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      B. Kind It seems to me that US doctors are prescribing helluva lot of meds compared to for example my country (Finland). I don't think any doctor here would prescribe opioids for a BA... I only got a codein & paracetamol combo, and strong ibuprofen (plus antibiotics, but that's not for pain obviously). And only needed them for a couple of days.

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      B. Kind I did it with Gabapentin and Tylenol alone. They prescribed a couple Tramadol, but it’s an opioid, and I wanted to stay away from those. My recovery really wasn’t that bad at all. And I only used meds for 3 or 4 days.

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      • Katie Lynn
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      B. Kind I recovered from my first surgery (unders) with just Valium and Gabapentin. Arnica tablets and cream were a lifesaver. Sleeping upright reeeeeeally helped prevent morning boob. Lots of ice packs (cheap frozen peas worked the best!). 

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      • B. Kind
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      • Brenna_KristinLiesma_Ki
      • 12 days ago
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      Katie Lynn thank you! I figured unders would hurt the worst too, so that makes me feel better (I'm getting unders also).

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      • Katie Lynn
      • Katie_Lynn
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      B. Kind I just swapped to overs and you’re absolutely right. 😂😂 Unders sucked because of the muscle, but it’s not insane. Valium will be your best friend, so don’t plan on doing much outside of sitting and eating and peeing. And for real. Jenny’s arnica tablets (start them a few days before surgery) and a good arnica cream (I can send a link) are the key. I’ve used them this time around too and done it without any pain meds at all. 

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      • B. Kind
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      • Brenna_KristinLiesma_Ki
      • 9 days ago
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      Katie Lynn please do! I've looked at some on Amazon and plan to buy Jenny's boobie butter and scar salve but her recovery kits with arnica tablets have been "not in stock". It says shes reformulating or something along those lines. Any help is appreciated. I'll be given valium and gabapentin, no narcotics. I've heard to not take ibuprofen at first but hoping I can take my 800s as well. I'll have to confer with PS about that.

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      • Katie Lynn
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      B. Kind definitely check about the 800s. I was given a strict no ibuprofen or aspirin by both of my docs. I loved the Jenny Eden kit, but if her arnica tablets are out, I also use the Boiron brand. Her scar salve is also awesome!

       

      https://enchantmentcreekherbs.com/product/arnica-pain-balm/ makes the arnica balm I use. It doesn’t smell awesome, but it’s THE BEST I have ever found, and I’ve tried four or five brands. 

       

      Glad I could help! I struggle with using opioids, so I think I concocted a pretty good healing plan without them. The biggest advice is to take it super SUPER easy the first couple days. I made myself a little corner with an overstuffed chair and ottoman, phone charger, TV remote, snacks (protein!), lots of water and a bathroom close by and didn’t leave it for POD 1 or 2. Did the same setup the second time around and it still worked. Ha 

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      • Angela K
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      B. Kind I took one percocet 4 hours after surgery, just because they told me to do so at the surgery center, but didn't take anymore after that.  I didn't have any actual pain, just a lot of pressure, which the percocet didn't help with anyway.  I used tylenol for about 2 days after surgery and then needed nothing.  I had an augmentation and lift almost one year ago.

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      • B. Kind
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      • Brenna_KristinLiesma_Ki
      • 8 days ago
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      Katie Lynn omgosh thank you so much! I'm the same with opiates. Will not touch them. I was worried I may need to. I feel 100% better about this. I was bummed at first that i had to wait so long for my surgery but I've learned so much more (and i already did a years worth of research, lol). Thank u!!

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      • B. Kind
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      • Brenna_KristinLiesma_Ki
      • 8 days ago
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      Angela K did you go under the muscle? That's very encouraging. I just keep trying to tell myself, "self, you had two babies with NO meds" lol. But I still worried. I think itll be ok too. I've gotten so much information from you ladies. So helpful!

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      • Angela K
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      • 8 days ago
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      B. Kind Yes, mine are under the muscle.  I watched a youtube video of the procedure 2 days before surgery (which I do NOT recommend!!) and thought, there's no way I can do this.  I was going to cancel the surgery but thought it was just too rude to cancel 2 days before surgery, so I did it.  I was amazed!!  I had no pain and not one bruise.  I was told by the nurse I wouldn't be able to get up out of a chair unassisted for a couple days, but I had no trouble.  Getting out of bed was a little more difficult, but even that I was able to do unassisted.  It wasn't anywhere near as bad as I'd made it to be in my mind.

      A friend of mine who'd had the surgery told me she didn't have any pain, but it felt like there was an elephant sitting on her chest for a couple days.  That's exactly how I'd describe it.

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      • B. Kind
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      • Brenna_KristinLiesma_Ki
      • 7 days ago
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      Angela K lol, yeah I've watched lots of those! Pretty crazy, and glad I'm out for it. Thanks!!

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    • Alicia
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    • Alicia
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    My insurance paid for my meds... That don't know they aren't given any personal details... 

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  • It’s generally your medical benefits that restrict coverage for cosmetic surgery. .  As long as your prescription is from a licensed doctor and the medication is covered under your prescription benefits then your insurance should pay.  I’m a pharmacist and used to work retail years ago/ I’m sure that much hasn’t changed 

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  • Seconding what someone else said. Get the Good rx app and make sure your surgeons prescribes you the generic version of the drugs. I ended up paying less then $50.

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