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    Please allow me to hear your thoughts on the topic of the abdomen. I want to know all you know about the upper versus the lower abdomen. Where does the upper abdomen begin and end? When coding and trying to decide between upper and lower, do you choose based on incision or where surgeon actually worked?

    Thanks in advance for all input and advice. Anything is better than nothing!!

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    give us some background on why you need to know?

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    For anesthesia we use the following guideline, I am not sure if it applies outside of anesthesia but here it is:

    Upper Abdomen: Spleen, pancreas, gallbladder, small intestines, colon to sigmoid
    Lower Abdomen: Sigmoid, rectum, uterus, fallopian tubes, bladder and appendix

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    Always confusion on this subject matter. I code for anesthesia and it is not always clear if surgeon is in upper or lower abdomen, so I wanted as much info as possible. Thanks again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ncolbenson View Post
    For anesthesia we use the following guideline, I am not sure if it applies outside of anesthesia but here it is:

    Upper Abdomen: Spleen, pancreas, gallbladder, small intestines, colon to sigmoid
    Lower Abdomen: Sigmoid, rectum, uterus, fallopian tubes, bladder and appendix
    So, what's above the belly button vs what's below the belly button?
    Ron McKenzie, CPC-A
    Greater Orlando FL Chapter

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