Urology Coding Alert

Reader Question:
Complicated Catheter Insertion Could Lead to 51703

Question: I’m confused about whether to report a procedure as a complicated catheter change. Our urologist used implant dilators to dilate the urethral opening and diffuse urethral strictures throughout the ureter. He noted that “this was quite difficult.” The patient was in enough discomfort to need morphine and Versed to help tolerate the dilation. Notes state that the dilation “was [...]