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    Can anyone tell me what CPT code they've been using for an incarcerated inguinal hernia repaired laparoscopically? Thanks.

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    Year: 2009

    Issue: January

    Pages: 7-8

    Title: Coding Consultation: Questions and Answers

    Surgery: Digestive System

    Question:What is the correct code for laparoscopic repair of an initial, incarcerated, inguinal hernia?

    Answer:Code 49659, Unlisted laparoscopy, procedure, hernioplasty, herniorrhaphy, herniotomy, is the appropriate code to report. If a laparoscopic procedure is performed but no CPT code accurately describes the laparoscopic procedure, the corresponding open procedure code should not be reported. An open procedure code should never be reported to describe a procedure that was performed laparoscopically. When an unlisted code is reported to describe a procedure or service, it will be necessary to submit supporting documentation (eg, procedure report) along with the claim to provide an adequate description of the nature, extent, and need for the procedure and the time, effort, and equipment necessary to provide the service.

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    Thanks, Jamie.

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