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    Default laparotomy

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    If a surgeon places retention sutures when closing a laparotomy incision, does this change the coding to complex wound closure?
    Last edited by Miagirl78; 01-03-2011 at 10:23 AM.

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    Milwaukee WI

    Default Closure is Global to the Surgery

    No ... closure of a the surgical wound is included in the surgery. The onlly exception is for removal of skin lesions that require MORE than a simple closure.

    Hope that helps.

    F Tessa Bartels, CPC, CEMC

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    Thank you!!!

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