Question Laparoscopic partial cecectomy (no anastomosis) coding

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I am on the fence with coding for a laparoscopic partial cecectomy (partial cecum and appendix stump) without anastomosis. Patient is S/P appendectomy, many years ago, and presented with continuous right sided abdominal pain.

I have read forums and literature that suggest using CPT code 44204-52, but I have also read forums and literature that suggest using unlisted CPT code 44238.

I'm looking for thoughts and opinions from other coders on this coding situation.

Thank you in advance!
 
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