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    Default ICD-9 code for Mesh

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    Trying to find ICD-9 code appropriate for
    "mesh erosion in vagina" following bladder suspension.
    MD states that the edge of the mesh is palpable upon exam.

    I'm at a loss, i've gone through the 996 codes of complications of surgical care and been unable to come up with anything I feel confident with.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Louisville, KY


    Don't have my ICD handy, but it would code to a Mechanical Complication. I believe that category states that erosion or breakdown are considered mechanical.

    Sorry I can't be more specific!
    Kevin B. Shields, RHIT, CPCO, CCS, CPC, COC, CCS-P, CPC-P, CPC-I

  3. #3
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    Apr 2007
    Burlington, MA

    Default eroding mesh

    996.59 refers to nonabsorbable surgical material. I would use this,

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Louisville, KY


    "Erosion," as stated by the provider falls into category 996.0. Just a thought.
    Kevin B. Shields, RHIT, CPCO, CCS, CPC, COC, CCS-P, CPC-P, CPC-I

  5. #5
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    Apr 2007


    Our clinic uses 996.30 = Mechanical complication of genitourinary device, implant, and graft, unspecified device, implant, and graft.

    It works and we got paid.

    Good luck!!!


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    Default mesh

    I use the same code 996.30 and have gotten paid sometimes visit complaint it would state pelvic pain 625.9 as a secondary dx.

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    Apr 2007

    Thumbs up Thanks!!

    This was really helpful!

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    Smile Mesh erosion ICD9

    Thank you so much as well.


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