AHA Coding Clinic® for HCPCS - 2021 Issue 2; Ask the Editor

Ischemic preconditioning

Patient with distal esophageal cancer presents for a diagnostic laparoscopy with washings and ischemic preconditioning. The ischemic preconditioning was performed prior to reconstructive esophageal surgery to improve fluid and blood flow to the gastric conduit/anastomosis. Abdominal ports were placed and the abdomen was entered displaying no evidence of metastatic disease. Laparoscopic washing was performed with specimens taken from the upper quadrants and pelvis. The lesser curve omentum was incised to gain access to the lesser sac (omental bursa) which was entered. The stomach was lifted to expose the stalk containing the left gastric artery. The artery was dissected out, encircled, and clips were utilized to occlude the artery. The greater curve was lifted and an incision was made from the level of the pole of the spleen and taken to the left crus, thus mobilizing the stomach. The short gastric arteries were divided. The stomach did not appear to be ischemic. What is/are the correct CPT code(s) for the ischemic gastric preconditioning prior to esophageal surgery and laparoscopic washings? ...

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