Bone anchors to help mesh implant

alammert

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Are implantation of bone anchors (to help with an incisional hernia repair) part of the surgery when implanting the mesh?

I interpret from 49568-mesh code guidelines in the hernia section that these anchors are included. (if the mesh is already being billed, the anchors are included with the mesh.)Semi-new to the specialty and physician wanting to know if insertion of bone anchors are billable.

I appreciate anyone else's interp of bone anchor implantation with hernia repair.
 

Lujanwj

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I have no doubt that that is more work than the standard mesh implantation; however, 49568 states implantation of mesh or other prosthesis for open .... hernia repair. I'd interpret the anchors as implantation of other prosthesis. You might try a -22 but outside of that I don't see any additional coding.
 
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