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Narrow Hernia Coding With Documented Details

Question: The surgical report documents laparoscopic repair of a reducible trocar-site hernia using mesh. The patient history indicates that the hernia has been repaired before. How should we code the surgeon’s work?   SuperCoder Subscriber Answer: Based on the information you provide, the best code for your surgeon’s work appears to be 49656 (Laparoscopy, surgical, repair, recurrent incisional hernia [includes mesh insertion, [...]

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