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    Question Drainage of pelvic abscess during a Exploratory laparotomy

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    Need assistance with coding for this procedure?? I came across codes 58823 but that is transvaginal/transrectal approach which won't work and then codes 49020-49060 aren't for the pelvic area. Please provide some feedback.

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    Apr 2007
    Kansas City, MO


    I don't see why you couldn't bill the 49020. The "pelvic area" is usually just a description of where in the abdomen the abscess was. It was something the surgeon saw/could reach during the exp lap. Unless you have some more info to offer as far as location, or if any structures were involved, like ovaries, or whatever.

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