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Focus Lap Pelvic Lymphadenectomy

Question: Which group of lymph nodes constitutes a "total pelvic lymphadenectomy" with reference to codes 38571 and 38572? If the surgeon doesn't remove all the lymph nodes but does more than a biopsy, do I need to resort to an unlisted code such as 38579? SuperCoder Subscriber Answer: The bilateral external iliac, internal iliac (hypogastric), and obturator nodes are all part of [...]