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TRICARE Policy Manual 6010.63-M, April 2021
Surgery
Chapter 4
Section 3.1
Laser Surgery
Issue Date:  September 12, 1986
Authority:  32 CFR 199.4(c)(2)(i)
Revision:  
1.0  DESCRIPTION
Surgery using a laser (Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation) device instead of conventional surgical tools, such as scalpels.
2.0  POLICY
Laser surgery may be cost-shared to the same extent as conventional surgery when the device being used has been approved by the United States (US) Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
3.0  EXCLUSIONS
Laser surgery may not be cost-shared for surgical procedures otherwise excluded under TRICARE, including:
•  Pain relief, biostimulation;
•  Noncovered surgical services, such as removal of tattoos;
•  Arthritis or low back pain;
•  Corneal sculpting;
•  Body sculpting;
•  Noncovered surgical services, such as removal of tattoos, hair removal;
•  Noncovered cosmetic dermatology, such as removal or telangiectasias, spider angiomas;
•  Facial rejuvenation.
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