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code 51865 definition

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    can this code only be used for open procedure? If Dr. does exploratory lap and repairs bladder with sutures (done during previous surgery, different doc) what code should I use?

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    Please check whether this could help:
    49000 for Exploratory laparotomy with or without biopsy ; or 49002 for reopening of recent laparotomy.
    Suture of the bladder does not have to be reported separately( it becomes a part of it). Physician's documentation and diagnosis code would support
    Last edited by preserene; 11-04-2010 at 09:56 PM.

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    thank you

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