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Exploratory laparotomy w/more procedures?

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    Default Exploratory laparotomy w/more procedures?
    Medical Coding Books
    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

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    Milwaukee WI
    Default 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

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    Please find the following attachment of the operative report. Thanks!

    Beth Piggott, CPC

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