AAPC - Back to school
Results 1 to 3 of 3

Thread: Exploratory laparotomy w/more procedures?

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Apr 2007

    Default Exploratory laparotomy w/more procedures?

    AAPC: Back to School
    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

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    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

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Apr 2007


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

    Beth Piggott, CPC

Similar Threads

  1. Exploratory Laparotomy
    By drufolo in forum OB/GYN
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 08-13-2012, 05:17 PM
  2. exploratory laparotomy
    By Bertrav in forum Anesthesia
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 03-22-2009, 06:46 PM
  3. exploratory laparotomy
    By bsuse in forum OB/GYN
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 01-23-2009, 09:34 AM
  4. exploratory laparotomy
    By joykinne in forum Gastroenterology
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 09-17-2008, 08:37 AM
  5. Exploratory Laparotomy
    By Hopp in forum General Surgery
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 04-18-2008, 03:24 PM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts

Enjoying Our Forums?

AAPC forums are a benefit of membership. Joining AAPC grants you unlimited access, allowing you to post questions and participate with our community of over 150,000 professionals.

Join Now Continue Reading Without Full Access

Already a Member?


Close Message

In addition to full participation on AAPC forums, as a member you will be able to:

  • Access to the largest healthcare job database in the world.
  • Join over 150,000 members of the healthcare network in the world.
  • Be a part of an industry leading organization that drives the business side of healthcare.
  • Save anywhere from 10%-50% with exclusive member discounts on courses, books, study materials, and conferences.
  • Access to discounts at hundreds of restaurants, travel destinations, retail stores, and service providers. AAPC members also have opportunities to save on heath, life, and liability insurance.
  • Become a member of a local chapter and attend regular meetings.