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    Default Bariatric help - removal of port only

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    Patient had a "kink" in port and subsequently only the port was removed and replaced. Patient has Medicare. Looking at 43771 but I am not totally convinced this is what I want. Thanks for any suggestions!!

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    Was it done laparoscopically or open?

    Stacey, CPC

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    Northeast Kansas AAPC


    It was done laparoscopically.

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    Default gastric port only replacement

    If the restrictive device is a component, and the port is a component a revision of the port
    part of the device could be 43771?

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    Default 43773?

    I kind of like 43773 if you take the word component and apply it to the port portion and not the restrictive device portion...if they are each considered an equal "component.

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    I agree with CPT 43773.

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    Northeast Kansas AAPC


    There is an open CPT code 43888 that fits the description perfectly - too bad it's Medicare and they dont like unlisted codes. Thanks all for the suggestions.

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