AHA Coding Clinic® for HCPCS - 2012 Issue 2

Coding Hernia Repairs

Hernia repair is a frequently performed procedure that commonly occurs in the outpatient setting. While hernias can be congenital or acquired, acquired hernias can be caused by a number of factors but are often a result of muscular strain or injury. In order to select the appropriate codes for the surgical procedure performed, there are a few key elements pertaining to hernias that need to be considered; the type of hernia, age of the patient, whether the hernia is initial or recurrent, the surgical approach (open or laparoscopic), if mesh is used during an open repair of an incisional...

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