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Internal & External Hemorrhoidectomy 46255

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    Could someone please tell me when code 46255 can be used? It's titled "Hemorrhoidectomy, internal and external, simple". Can this code be used when removing both internal hemorrhoids and external hemorrhoids or does this mean that the single hemorrhoid removed has to be comprised of both internal and external components?
    Thanks,
    Sue
    Sue Vermette, CPC

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    Quote Originally Posted by SUEV View Post
    Could someone please tell me when code 46255 can be used? It's titled "Hemorrhoidectomy, internal and external, simple". Can this code be used when removing both internal hemorrhoids and external hemorrhoids or does this mean that the single hemorrhoid removed has to be comprised of both internal and external components?
    Thanks,
    Sue
    Here's the description of the procedure:

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    46255

    The physician performs excision of internal and external hemorrhoids. The physician explores the anal canal and identifies the hemorrhoid column. An incision is made in the rectal mucosa around the hemorrhoids and the lesions are dissected from the underlying sphincter muscles and removed. The incisions are closed with sutures.

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    Yes, that's the description that the reference I use (Encoderpro by Ingenix) has. But there's also an illustration that accompanies the description that states "Report 46255 for simple removal, often by elastic banding of both internal and external." The description sounds like it has to be a combo hemorrhoid, but the illustration sounds like the code could be used for multiple individual hemorrhoids. Am I interpreting the instructions wrong?
    Sue Vermette, CPC

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    Quote Originally Posted by SUEV View Post
    Yes, that's the description that the reference I use (Encoderpro by Ingenix) has. But there's also an illustration that accompanies the description that states "Report 46255 for simple removal, often by elastic banding of both internal and external." The description sounds like it has to be a combo hemorrhoid, but the illustration sounds like the code could be used for multiple individual hemorrhoids. Am I interpreting the instructions wrong?
    There's another code for ligature 46221 so I don't know what they are referring too in the illustration. I would use the 46255 for exactly what the description says any incision/excision. If you do a ligature I would use 46221. I believe if you are doing both ligation and excision, I would just code the excision code. According to Procedural coding professional 2009 "Only the more extensive procedure necessary to accomplish the hemorrhoidectomy is reported."
    These are just my thoughts. Anyone else?

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