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Spinal Lumbar Laminectomy – Iowa

These services may or may not be covered by all HealthPartners plans. Please see your plan documents for your own coverage information. If there is a difference between this general information and your plan documents, your plan documents will be used to determine your coverage.

Administrative Process

Prior authorization is not required for any laminectomy surgery (lumbar, cervical or thoracic).

Coverage

Spinal laminectomy surgery is generally covered per your plan documents when recommended by your medical provider.

Definitions

Laminectomy is surgery to remove the lamina — the back part of the vertebra that covers your spinal canal. Also known as decompression surgery, laminectomy enlarges your spinal canal to relieve pressure on the spinal cord or nerves.

Products

This information is for most, but not all, HealthPartners plans. Please read your plan documents to see if your plan has limits or will not cover some items. If there is a difference between this general information and your plan documents, your plan documents will be used to determine your coverage.

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Policy activity

  • 12/15/2011 - Date of origin
  • 07/05/2017 - Effective date
Review date
  • 07/2017
Revision date
  • 07/18/2016

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