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    If we remove a large lipoma, procedure code 21931, and a JP drain was placed. Can I code separately for the drainage tube?

    Usually when we remove lipomas, no drainage tube is needed, however, because this was over 15cm lipoma, a drain needed to be put in.

    If I can code this what code would I use for the tube. The lipoma was in the right flank.

    Thank you,
    M. Klaubuf

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    Dickson, TN

    Default Is drainage tube part of surgical procedure?

    I would not code the drainage tube separately, Coders desk reference describes this procedure as having a drain placed as part of the procedure.


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