Laparoscopic Repair of Perforated Duodenal Ulcer

kjstearns

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I'm hoping that someone can help me out....
I am being told to use 44602, but I do not agree with that and think 44238 (unlisted laparoscopy procedure) is more appropriate.

Thoughts???

Thanks in advance,
Kirsten, CPC
 

JJackson506

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44602 - Suture of small intestine (enterorrhaphy) for perforated ulcer, diverticulum, wound, injury or rupture; single perforation, is an open procedure and you are correct would not be appropriate for a laproscopic procedure. The best code would be the 44238 Unlisted laparoscopy procedure, intestine (except rectum).
 
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