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    Apr 2007
    St. Louis, Missouri

    Default Appendectomy

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    My doctor did a lap. appendectomy on a patient for suspected acute appendicitis. When he visualized the appendix it appeared normal but he decided to go ahead and remove it. Post op diagnosis is RLQ pain. Path report stated a normal appendix. Would I bill for a lap appendectomy or a diagnostic laparoscopy? I believe I can only bill for a diagnostic laparoscopy but I wanted some other opinions.

    Melissa Blow, CPC

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    Apr 2007


    can you post a copy of the op report so i can see what was done???

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    Apr 2007
    Aurora, IL


    Can you code the lap appy with a benign appendix dx secondary to the abd pain? I had a case just like this the other day....if this is incorrect, please let me know!

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    Apr 2007


    I believe that you have to code the lap appy since that was the ultimate procedure performed. It started off diagnostic but ended up with the removal.

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