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Wide Abdominoplasty Rectus Plication (WARP)



Wide Abdominoplasty Rectus Plication (WARP) is a surgical procedure which tightens a lax anterior abdominal wall and removes excess abdominal skin. It may be reconstructive or cosmetic.



Wide abdominoplasty rectus plication may be considered medically necessary when used to treat an abdominal wall hernia.  Documentation of a hernia requires clinical confirmation of the presence and size of the hernia by examination, ultrasound, or CT abdomen.

Wide abdominoplasty rectus plication is considered not medically necessary to treat reduction of panniculus,  intertrigo, or diastasis recti.

Cosmetic procedures are not covered.






The coverage guidelines outlined in the Medical Policy Manual should not be used in lieu of the Member's specific benefit plan language.



11/2000: Approved by Medical Policy Advisory Committee (MPAC)

7/3/2001: Non-covered table added, ICD-9 diagnosis code 112.3, 278.1, 690.10, 695.89, 728.84 added non-covered codes

1/23/2002: Prior authorization deleted

5/10/2002: Type of Service and Place of Service deleted

11/19/2004: Code Reference section updated, CPT code 15831 description revised, ICD-9 diagnosis code range 550.00-553.9 listed separately, non-covered table deleted, ICD-9 diagnosis code 112.3, 278.1, 690.10, 695.89, 728.84 deleted non-covered codes

11/13/2006: Policy reviewed, no changes

1/3/2007: Code reference section updated per the 2007 CPT/HCPCS revisions

03/27/2014:  Policy statement re-written for clarity purposes. Intent unchanged.  Previously stated the following:  "This procedure will be considered medically necessary for a "true" hernia, but not medically necessary for size of panniculus, intertrigo or diastasis recti. Documentation of a "true hernia" requires confirmation of the presence and size by office notes, ultrasound or CT scan of the abdomen."  The policy statement regarding cosmetic procedures was changed from not medically necessary to not covered.

09/01/2015: Code Reference section updated for ICD-10.



Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina

Aetna U.S. Healthcare



This may not be a comprehensive list of procedure codes applicable to this policy.

The code(s) listed below are ONLY medically necessary if the procedure is performed according to the "Policy" section of this document.

 Covered Codes

Code Number




Excision, excessive skin and subcutaneous tissue (includes lipectomy); abdomen, infraumbilical panniculectomy


Excision, excessive skin and subcutaneous tissue (includes lipectomy); abdomen (eg, abdominoplasty) (includes umbilical transposition and fascial pilcation) (List separately in addition to code for primary procedure)



ICD-9 Procedure

ICD-10 Procedure


Size reduction plastic operation

0J080ZZ, 0J083ZZ

Alteration of Abdomen Skin and Fascia (Abdominoplasty)

  0HB7XZZExcision of Abdomen Skin, External Approach

ICD-9 Diagnosis

ICD-10 Diagnosis

550.00, 550.01, 550.02, 550.03, 550.10, 550.11, 550.12, 550.13, 550.90, 550.91, 550.92, 550.93, 551.00, 551.01, 551.02, 551.03, 551.1, 551.20, 551.21, 551.29, 551.3, 551.8, 551.9, 552.00, 552.01, 552.02, 552.03, 552.1, 552.20, 552.21, 552.29, 552.3, 552.8, 552.9, 553.00, 553.01, 553.02, 553.03, 553.1, 553.20, 553.21, 553.29, 553.3, 553.8, 553.9

Hernia code range

K40.00 - K40.91

Inguinal hernia (code range)

K41.00 - K41.91

Femoral hernia (code range)

K42.0 - K42.9

Umbilical hernia (code range)

K43.0 - K43.9

Ventral hernia (code range)

K44.0 - K44.9

Diaphragmatic hernia (code range)

K45.0 - K45.8

Other specified abdominal hernia (code range)

K46.0 - K46.9

Unspecified abdominal hernia (code range)