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Laparoscopic gastric banding w/hiatal hernia repair

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    Default Laparoscopic gastric banding w/hiatal hernia repair
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    If the surgeon goes in to do a laparoscopic lap band, and happens to identify a small hiatal hernia defect while there and repairs it. Should I bill for the lap band AND the hiatal hernia repair (if so, what code because there is no code for laparoscopic hiatal hernia repair), OR should I simply bill for the lap band, since he was already "in there" anyway? ...thoughts???

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    Johnson City
    Yes you can bill for lap adjustable band placement, and hiatal hernia repair same day. The laparoscopic codes for hiatal hernia repair is 43281-43282 depending on if mesh was used.
    Melissa Jewett, CPC

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    I would add a 59 modifier to the hernia, also. :

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