I would code both, using the unlisted code for the hernia.
You are going to have to send in documentation, there are no guidelines attached to the unlisted code other than only using it when no other code applies (which there isn't at this time).
Where is the harm in that? Either insurance will consider it or they will reject it.
I don't see this as a compliance issue myself. He did a procedure that doesn't have a cpt code therefore doesn't have any CCI edits attached. It doesn't matter what they say about other hernia procedures, that wasn't the surgery that was done.
Just my opinion,
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