Jennifer Posted Fri 28th of September, 2012 13:55:08 PM
My doctor did an EGD on a patient but also placed a J-tube thru a previously placed gastric port and he did this by using a snare. I am unsure how to code this. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank You.
SuperCoder Answered Fri 28th of September, 2012 16:47:28 PM
I would go for 43246 here.A gastrostomy is a surgical opening that is created in the external surface of the abdominal wall that passes through into the stomach. Most commonly, surgeons will perform a gastrostomy to place a feeding tube (gastrostomy tube, also referred to as a "G-tube") to provide nutrition for patients who cannot swallow. In other cases, the G- tube may provide drainage for a tumor, scarring, or ulcer.