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Use 2 Codes for Hydrocelectomy With Hernia Repair

Question: What’s the code for a hydrocelectomy when it’s performed with an incarcerated hernia repair on an adult patient? Colorado Subscriber Answer: For the hydrocelectomy portion of the surgery, you’ll look no further than code 55040 (Excision of hydrocele; unilateral) or 55041 (…bilateral), depending on whether the surgeon excises a hydrocele unilaterally or bilaterally. Next, you’ll look to the appropriate [...]