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    Question Elephant trunk procedure

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    Have any of your docs done this and what code(s) did you use? The diagnosis is aortomegaly. I might be making this harder than it is, but I wanted to get someone else's input. Thanks

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    When my physicians refer to the elephant trunk technique, they are replacing the aortic arch. Is that what your surgeon did? I believe the elephant trunk is actually a graft. The code for this is 33870. This is only for the arch replacement. If the ascending aorta is done as well, you would code that separately (33860-33863).

    Lisi, CPC
    Last edited by lisigirl; 08-20-2009 at 08:31 AM.

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    Thanks Lisi. I asked the surgeon and you're right about 33870. He also did the ascending aorta so we used 33860 as well.

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