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    How would I code this? I have done it several times but can never remember what it is. I know it is something easy. I am thinking it is just a vental hernia repair.

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    I get unlisted-22999


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    Thanks. That was one of the routes I was going. But if at all possible I avoid the unlisted codes.

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    Are they doing this inconjunction to another procedure? Usually when a physician does a panniculectomy, they repair is the diastasis recti.

    Is your physician just repairing the diastasis recti?

    Was there trauma to the muscle?

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    The physician repaired a diastasis recti and then with a separate incision performed an umbilical hernia repair. In the past I have only coded this as the hernia repair and had the diastasis repair included. Since this op note says there was actually a separate incision, I feel there should be a separate code billed. Which code is the question. I have considered several different routes with this. I have asked a couple of other coders. Everyone seems to have a different opinion. I would love to get some other points of view.

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