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  1. #1
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    Default Removal of retained drain

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    What CPT code would be used for removal of retained drain after any type of abdominal/retroperitoneal surgery?

    Thanks in advance for any help.

    Chris Lufkin, CPC

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    Apr 2007
    Kansas City, MO


    You might look at 49002, reopening of recent laparotomy, with a 78 modifier if the patient is still in a global period. Dx would probably be 998.4 foreign body accidentally left during a procedure
    Karen Cross, CPC, CPMA, CEMC, CUC

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    Apr 2007
    Boise, Idaho


    Where was it removed? In the office? It is usually part of the global unless removed in the OR or use an e/m outside the global period. This was a tube placed for drainage right?

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    Apr 2007
    Salt Lake City


    If the physician is simply pulling the tube out there is no code for this.
    Jenifer McPolin CPC, CPMA, RCC

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    Apr 2007


    This was done in the OR abd during the post op period. Thanks for all your answers. I will discuss with the surgeon.


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