AHA Coding Clinic® for ICD-9 - 2011 Issue 3; Ask the Editor

Serial Transverse Enteroplasty Procedure (STEP)

A 3-month old was born with short gut syndrome secondary to an in utero volvulus and multiple small bowel atresias. Her small intestine was about 20 centimeters at the time of her initial laparotomy. A serial transverse enteroplasty procedure (STEP) was performed in order to lengthen her small bowel to increase the absorptive surface, decrease stagnation and establish a stable feeding route. What is the correct procedure code assignment for the STEP procedure? ...

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