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TRICARE Policy Manual 6010.60-M, April 1, 2015
Chapter 4
Section 3.1
Laser Surgery
Issue Date:  September 12, 1986
Authority:  32 CFR 199.4(c)(2)(i)
Surgery using a laser (Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation) device instead of conventional surgical tools, such as scalpels.
Laser surgery may be cost-shared to the same extent as conventional surgery when the device being used has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
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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