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cesarean delivery after failed attempt of trial delivery

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    I can't figure out the correct code for a cesarean delivery after a failed trial of a vaginal delivery and no other OB care for this patient. Do I only use 59514?

    Thank you!

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    59618-59622 is for failed vaginal delivery, previous c-section. Maybe this will help. Also, the ICD-9 will reflect the code for complications leading to the delivery. I hope this helps!

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    Does that work though if this is her first baby and she hasn't had a previous C-section before?

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    Greater Orlando
    No, not if those are not your facts.

    Searching the forums, I found that your question was asked on 5-26-2010 (see

    The conclusion, there, was that you only code the successful procedure. From that, I take it you would use 59410 (Routine obstetric care including antepartum care, cesarean delivery, and postpartum care) if the vaginal delivery (if it had worked) would ahve been coded 59400.
    Ron McKenzie, CPC-A
    Greater Orlando FL Chapter

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