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Hernia with hydrocelectomy repair (49500/49501)

  1. Default Hernia with hydrocelectomy repair (49500/49501)
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    Can you bill for the hernia repair 49500/49501 & the hydrocelectomy 55040/55041? I was told previously that you just bill for the hernia repair.

    thanks for any imput

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    Quincy, MA
    My understanding is that 55040/55041 can be billed in addition to the hernia repair if the patient is 5 yrs of age or older.
    Leanne, CPC
    General/Vascular Surgery

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    Right but what about younger than 5 years (see specific hernia codes)?

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    Quincy, MA
    According to CPT description, it's included on a patient younger than 5 yrs of age:

    49500 Repair initial inguinal hernia, age 6 months to under 5 years, with or without hydrocelectomy; reducible
    Leanne, CPC
    General/Vascular Surgery

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    thank you, just wanted some confirmation

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