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Thread: CPT for Repair/Closure of Rectal stump???

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    Default CPT for Repair/Closure of Rectal stump???

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    Patient had a Hartmanns procedure (44143) 1 week ago and now ran into complications, Stool was leaking out of the rectal stump which required the physician to go in abdominal approach and repair/closure of rectal stump. Can't find code that fits this procedure. Help! Any suggestions?


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    Default I think you'll have to go with an unlisted code

    I think you'll have to go with an unlisted code. 45999 for open or 45499 for laparoscopic. I would send with op report and query the physician about a procedure he/she feels this most closely correlates to and send that code as a suggested crosswalk.

    Good luck!

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