Laparoscopic gastric banding w/hiatal hernia repair

kandigrl79

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If the surgeon goes in to do a laparoscopic lap band, and happens to identify a small hiatal hernia defect while there and repairs it. Should I bill for the lap band AND the hiatal hernia repair (if so, what code because there is no code for laparoscopic hiatal hernia repair), OR should I simply bill for the lap band, since he was already "in there" anyway? ...thoughts???
 

mjewett

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Yes you can bill for lap adjustable band placement, and hiatal hernia repair same day. The laparoscopic codes for hiatal hernia repair is 43281-43282 depending on if mesh was used.
 
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