postoperative icd9 code

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I have been coding V45.89 for post operative since day 1, today a coworker advised the description says other post procedural status, other, presence of neuropacemaker or other electronic devices. I have been using if the physician advises patient had a recent procedure, status post, postoperative (within the global period). I was told by an auditor this is a correct code to use. Please advise.

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The V45.89 is only a status code and is not acceptable as a first list code The post op codes are either follow-up V67.0x if nothing further is being done or aftercare a V58.4x, or V58.7x or V58.8x code whichever applies based on what is being done.
 
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