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    Am working on pre-approval for a cysto w/ ureteral stent removal.
    what is the appropriate ICD-9 code for a retained ureteral catheter? Or patient encounter for removal of ureteral stent?
    Any help would be appreciated!
    Thanks!

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    Default dx for removal of stent

    Assuming it was being removed not due to a complication, how about V53.6? When looking up removal, it states see also fitting of. This is the one we use when there is no mechanical, infectious or other complication.

    Hope that helps

    Kellie

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    What about V54.01 - Encounter for removal of internal fixation Device.
    But these categories are not primary diagnosis

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    When I think of internal fixation devices, I think ortho (plates, screws, rods, etc.) and the ICD-9 guidelines state the V54 category to be orthopedic codes. I agree with V53.6.

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    What about 939.9?

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    What about v55.6? Stents are artificial openings, and this code includes removal or replacement

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