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    Default Laparoscopic Repair of Perforated Duodenal Ulcer

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    I'm hoping that someone can help me out....
    I am being told to use 44602, but I do not agree with that and think 44238 (unlisted laparoscopy procedure) is more appropriate.


    Thanks in advance,
    Kirsten, CPC

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    44602 - Suture of small intestine (enterorrhaphy) for perforated ulcer, diverticulum, wound, injury or rupture; single perforation, is an open procedure and you are correct would not be appropriate for a laproscopic procedure. The best code would be the 44238 Unlisted laparoscopy procedure, intestine (except rectum).

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