AHA Coding Clinic® for ICD-9 - 2013 Issue 1; Ask the Editor - ICD-9-CM Coding

Bifurcated Endurant Graft

This patient had an abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) repair utilizing a “bifurcated Endurant graft” with placement of bilateral iliac limb extensions. Which ICD-9-CM procedure code is the most appropriate: 39.71, Endovascular implantation of other graft in abdominal aorta; or 39.78, Endovascular implantation of branching or fenestrated grafts(s) in aorta? Does placement of the limb extensions make this a branching or fenestrated graft? ...

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