AHA Coding Clinic® for HCPCS - 2011 Issue 4; ASK the EDITOR

Laparoscopic repair of right inguinal hernia

A 67 year old female patient presents for laparoscopic repair of a right inguinal hernia. A midline incision was created to repair the bladder. During the laparoscopic repair, a 5 mm hole was accidentally created. The bladder hole was closed in two layers and this injury was documented as a complication and considered to be significant. Should the bladder repair be reported in addition to the hernia repair? If so, what is the appropriate CPT code for suture repair of bladder injury performed during laparoscopic hernia repair? ...

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