Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Cranial Prosthesis?

A Hair prosthesis (or cranial prosthesis), is a custom-made wig specifically designed for patients who have lost their hair as a result of medical conditions or treatments, such as alopecia areata[1] , alopecia totalis, trichotillomania, chemotherapy, or any other clinical disease or treatment resulting in hair loss.[2]. The terminology is used when applying for medical insurance or tax deduction status.

Doctors have been prescribing these prostheses since the 1950s. Cranial prostheses also help to protect disease-weakened immune systems from the sun, and to regulate body temperature.

Well, that may be something you did, or didn't know. After Connie went to visit the plastic surgeon today (60 more cc's of saline), we walked over to the Huntsman Cancer Center to speak with the patient advocate there. Connie told her that when she went and looked at wigs this past week-end, the wig company told her that most insurances won't cover a "wig" and that she needed to go back to her doctor and find out what the correct terminology is to bill the insurance with. It turned out to be "Cranial Prosthesis"! We'll try this approach when she gets ready to purchase the wig of her choice. She will have to pay for it all up front and then submit the paperwork to the insurance company and see if it will take.

Connie is feeling soooooo good lately! I'm not sure how she is right now after being filled up again, but this morning she said it hurt a lot less than the times before. She should only have one more visit before her extractor is filled to capacity.

Connie's friend, Cyndi, will be flying in tomorrow night for Women's Conference and they will not be seen for a couple two or three days after that. Sounds like they will be staying with Terri and Bill Wing. Sorry Bill...you can stay here, if you'd like!


  1. George and Connie,
    Let me know what you find out with the Cranial Prosthesis. Almost all of my hair on top is gone and I don't know if it will grow back. The doctor has me on a steroid cream at the present time.

  2. Connie could sell her beautiful hair to a wig company and use the proceeds to buy her cranial prosthesis, bill the insurance company and come out ahead. (Did I say that?) My daughter-in-law donated her hair twice and then sold it.

  3. I asked her about that, but I believe she told me that if you color your hair they don't want it. Fact or Fiction?

  4. Aloha (aka Mom) - I sent you the following link which has some good info on exactly how to present this to your insurance. Hopefully this helps you and anybody else out there who may need it. http://www.aaawigbiz.com/about_wigs/medical.htm