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Does Medicare Cover Robotic Surgery?

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By Daniel Petkevich
Nov 28, 2022

If you get the right approval, you're covered

Medicare will cover almost any procedure that is deemed medically necessary. This includes robotic surgery. Let's dig deeper into robotic surgery to see if it could be right for you.

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What is robotic surgery and how does it work?

Robotic surgery, also known as laparoscopic surgery, is a type of minimally invasive surgical procedure. It involves using robotic arms to perform various delicate and precise operations within the body. The benefits of robotic surgery include shorter hospital stays, less time under general anesthesia, fewer complications, reduced scarring, and quicker recovery times.

How common is robotic surgery and who can benefit from it?

Robotic surgery is becoming increasingly popular due to its accuracy and safety. It is often used in a variety of procedures such as hysterectomies, prostate surgeries, gallbladder removal, and many others. It can also be beneficial for patients with certain medical conditions or those who may not be able to tolerate traditional open surgery.

What are the risks and benefits of robotic surgery?

Robotic surgery is generally considered a safe and effective form of surgical treatment. However, it does carry some risks including the potential for infection, bleeding, or unintended damage to nearby organs. Additionally, robotic surgery may not be suitable for certain patients depending on their medical history or specific procedure being performed.
The benefits of robotic surgery include accuracy, precision, and a quicker recovery time. Additionally, it lessens the risk of infection as compared to traditional open surgery.

What are some different types of robotic surgery?

Robotic surgery can be used in a variety of different procedures, including cardiothoracic, colorectal, general, gynecologic, head and neck, pediatric, plastic and reconstructive, and urologic surgeries. It is also used in certain types of weight loss procedures, such as gastric bypass or sleeve gastrectomy.

Does Medicare cover robotic surgery?

Yes, Medicare will cover robotic surgery when it is deemed medically necessary. However, you may have to pay a portion of the cost in coinsurance or copayment, depending on your plan and the type of procedure being performed. It is important to check with your specific Medicare plan to understand what costs you are responsible for. Additionally, some facilities may charge extra for robotic surgery, so be sure to ask about this before your procedure.

What are the costs of robotic surgery?

The cost of robotic surgery will vary depending on the type of procedure and the facility performing it. Generally speaking, robotic surgery is usually more expensive than non-robotic procedures due to the additional cost associated with the technology. You may have to pay a portion of these costs out-of-pocket depending on your Medicare plan and if any extra charges were added. Ask your doctor and Medicare plan provider about these potential costs before undergoing robotic surgery.

How to find a doctor who performs robotic surgery?

If you are interested in receiving robotic surgery, you should talk to your doctor. They can provide a referral to a provider who is experienced in performing this type of procedure. Additionally, the American College of Surgeons can provide a list of accredited surgeons who specialize in robotic surgery.


In conclusion, Medicare covers robotic surgery when it is deemed medically necessary. However, you may have to pay a portion of the cost in coinsurance or copayment, depending on your plan and the type of procedure being performed. Speak with your doctor to see if robotic surgery is right for you. This content is for informational purposes only. For all of your Medicare questions, talk with an expert at

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