Is Vitrectomy Surgery Covered by Medicare?

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By Daniel Petkevich

Dec 2, 2022

The answer may depend on your choice of plan

Medicare offers coverage for treatments and procedures they deem to be medically necessary. Vitrectomy surgery is no exception. But some Medicare Advantage plans might deny coverage and require you to pay out-of-pocket for the surgery. Which plans will help you spend less? Let's find out.

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What is Vitrectomy Surgery?

Vitrectomy surgery is a type of eye surgery that removes the vitreous humor, or gel-like substance, from inside the eye. This procedure is often done to treat conditions such as retinal detachment and macular degeneration.

What are the benefits of Vitrectomy surgery?

Vitrectomy surgery can help improve vision by removing scar tissue, repairing retinal tears, or restoring normal blood flow to the eye. It can also reduce pain and discomfort associated with these problems.

Medicare Coverage for Vitrectomy Surgery

Medicare Part B typically covers 80% of the cost of vitrectomy surgery , including doctor visits and lab tests related to the procedure. However, you may be responsible for a portion of the remaining cost. Medicare also requires that your doctor provide documentation stating why the surgery was medically necessary for it to be covered.

What is the cost of vitrectomy surgery?

The cost of vitrectomy surgery depends on the type of procedure you have and your insurance coverage. Generally speaking, it can range anywhere from $1,000 to $7,000 per eye. Be sure to check with your doctor and insurance provider for more specific information about your situation.

How to qualify for Medicare coverage of vitrectomy surgery?

In order to qualify for Medicare coverage of vitrectomy surgery, your doctor must certify that the procedure is medically necessary. Your doctor will need to provide documentation and obtain prior authorization from your insurance provider before the procedure can be scheduled. Additionally, you'll also have to meet any other requirements set by your insurer.

There have been some instances of Medicare Advantage plans denying this procedure, in which case, you might have to pay for the cost of surgery out-of-pocket. That is why we typically recommend Medicare Supplement Plan G to our clients for the most comprehensive coverage.

Does Medicare cover vitrectomy chairs?

After vitrectomy surgery, many people find it more comfortable to rest in a face-down position. Medicare does not cover specialized chairs designed for this type of procedure, as they are not deemed medically necessary.

Alternatives to vitrectomy surgery

In some cases, vitrectomy surgery can be avoided through less invasive treatments such as laser therapy or injection of medications. Talk to your doctor about the potential alternatives that may be available to you before deciding if a vitrectomy is the best course of action for your eye condition.


Vitrectomy surgery is a safe and effective way to treat certain eye conditions. In most cases, Medicare Part B will cover 80% of the costs associated with vitrectomy surgery as long as it is deemed medically necessary by your doctor. However, some Medicare Advantage plans may not cover this procedure, and you may end up having to pay out-of-pocket for the cost of the surgery. Before pursuing this surgery, talk with your doctor to see if it's right for you. This content is for informational purposes only. Fair Square Medicare is here for all your Medicare-related questions.

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