What are the TSGLI Standards for Facial Reconstruction?
We cover the TSGLI Standards for Facial Reconstruction in this article.
Facial Reconstruction is considered in the TSGLI Standards as:
reconstructive surgery to correct traumatic avulsions of the face or jaw that cause discontinuity defects.
The medical definition of avulsion is a tearing away of a body part accidentally or surgically.
If a member suffers a severe maxillofacial injury, and undergoes surgery to correct traumatic avulsions (i.e. separation, detachment or tear) of the face or jaw that cause discontinuity defects, the member may be eligible for a TSGLI benefit for facial reconstruction.
A surgeon must certify that the surgery was to correct discontinuity loss to one or more of the following facial areas:
- the upper or lower jaw
- 50% or more of the cartilaginous nose
- 50% or more of the upper or lower lip
- 30% or more of the left or right periorbita
- 50% or more of any of the following facial subunits:
- left or right temple
- the left or right zygomatic
- left or right mandibular
- the left or right infraorbital
- and the chin
The benefits vary depending of the region of the face.
- Benefits are paid for surgery to correct discontinuity loss of the upper or lower jaw
- Also paid benefits are any surgery to correct discontinuity loss of 50% or more of the cartilaginous nose
- Veterans are paid benefits for surgery to correct discontinuity loss of 50% or more of the upper or lower lip
$50,000 for one lip
$75,000 for both lips
- As well as a surgery to correct discontinuity loss of 30% or more of the periorbita (whole area surrounding the eye socket, including the surrounding eye tissue).
$25,000 for each eye
- Additionally, a surgery to correct discontinuity loss of the tissue in 50% or more of any of the following facial subunits: forehead, temple, zygomatic, mandibular, infraorbital or chin.
$25,000 for each facial subunit
Injuries listed under facial reconstruction may be combined with each other, but the maximum benefit for facial reconstruction may not exceed $75,000.
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