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Thread: Help w/coding for abdominoplasty

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    Default Help w/coding for abdominoplasty

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    The procedure was abdominoplasty and the dx was abdominal dermatochalasis ...

    I cannot determine if the dx should be 701.8 or 708.9

    Thank you in advance !

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    I think this may be a red herring. Dermatochalasis Seems to relate to a condition of the eyes (baggy eyes). It's caused by a lack of elasticity of the skin around the eye. The only ICD-9 code for this relates to the eye. If this is the same problem I've been working on, I keyed in on the other term (Diastasis recti). This seems to be a separation of the rectus muscle, and it's code is 728.84. I haven't checked this answer yet, but I'll let you know when I get the test back.

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