Deaconess Posted Mon 16th of May, 2016 17:17:51 PM
My physician did a laparoscopic antrectomy for excision of a GI stromal tumor. He then performed a laparoscopic gastrojejunostomy. I'm wondering if an unlisted code is my only option. If so, I'll need to query the physician for a comparison code, which then makes me wonder if (per CCI edits) I'll have to bundle the gastrojejunostomy into the comparison code.
I'm quite new to Gen Surg coding, and would really appreciate whatever direction you can provide.
SuperCoder Answered Wed 18th of May, 2016 01:15:00 AM
You are correct that there is no code for the procedure you have described. You will have to go with the unlisted procedure code to report the laparoscopic surgery. As you suggested, 43659 (Unlisted laparoscopy procedure, stomach) is the proper code to report. The CPT code 43632 can be used for open approach but there is no specific code for laparoscopic approach.
Hope this helps!