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Why would you recieve IV Tylenol while you're in surgery?  Medicare denied it saying it wasn't medically necessary, but, if a Dr gives me an injection, Medicare should be paying for it.

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Recently, IV Tylenol has been advocated during surgery because it is an effective pain reliever without the side effects of narcotics. Medicare may be a little behind the times by refusing it but I would protest the rejection and have them reconsider it.

Ronald Levy, MD
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UTMB-Galveston

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Associate Professor of Anesthesiology, University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. I am a board certified anesthesiologist who can answer all questions related to any type of Anesthesia with the exception of Pain Management.

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