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Old 09-17-2010, 08:24 AM
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Default Chest wall hernia repair/chest wall defect

This patient had a chest wall defect and hernia I am looking at 39520 my question is does this code also cover the chest wall defect repair and thoracotomy? It was not a lung hernia they did a thoracotomy, and inspected the left lung to verify this. So any ideas or opinions?
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Old 09-17-2010, 12:36 PM
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The thoracotomy is bundled in this procedure. You could try using a 22 and sending notes.

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That is what I thought sometimes you just need to hear it from someone else Thank you
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