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Exploratory laparotomy w/more procedures?


Iberia, MO
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Could someone give some assistance, I have a general surgeon who done the following procedures:
Exploratory laparotomy w/evacuation of absecess
Repair of cecal enterotomy & small bowell resection

I know the CPT 49000 is for the laparotomy, but what about the others. How would you code it?

Thanks for your help,
Beth Piggott, CPC
Milwaukee WI
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NOT exploratory lap

Once the surgeon began doing more definite procedures s/he's no longer billing the 49000 exploratory lap.

If you can post the scrubbed op note, it'll be easier to help you find the correct code(s) for the procedure(s) performed.

F Tessa Bartels, CPC, CPC-E/M