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Open Gastric Band Placement

  1. Question Open Gastric Band Placement
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    The patient was scheduled as a lap adjustable gastric band placement. However, due to massive adhesions, surgeon needed to convert to open procedure. There is no cpt code for OPEN placement of adjustable gastic band. Should I use 43770 and use dx code V64.41 or must I resort to unlisted procedure code.

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    Jacksonville Florida Chapter
    How about 43843? There's a note at the end of the Bariatric Surgery section that says...

    "For open gastric restrictive procedure, without gastic bypass, for morbid obesity, other than vertical-banded gastroplasty, use 43843."
    If that doesn't work, try using 43770-22 to show that the surgeon had to open the patient up.
    John Meyer, CPC
    Heekin Clinic

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