tci General Surgery Coding Alert - 2006 Issue 9

You Be the Coder: What About Stones During Lap Chole?

Question: During a laparoscopic cholecystectomy (lap chole), the surgeon found a few stones in the patient's common duct that took an additional two hours to remove through the scope. I cannot find a separate code to report. Can I use an unlisted- procedure code?Washington, D.C., SubscriberAnswer: You are correct: There is no CPT code that describes removal of stones from the common duct during a lap chole (47564, Laparoscopy, surgical; chole-cystectomy with exploration of common duct). But an unlisted-procedure code isn't the best solution in this case. Solution: If a surgery requires significant additional time or...

To read the full article, sign in and subscribe to tci General Surgery Coding Alert.


Leverage vital, to-the-point monthly guidance to boost your reporting accuracy and your coding know-how. We make it convenient for your team to stay informed, compliant, and profitable with a subscription to TCI’s General Surgery Coding Alert.

  • Current newsletters added each month
  • Fully searchable archives - over 2100 articles
  • ALL years/issues back to 1999 organized by year and issue
  • Codes mentioned in articles are linked to Code Information pages
  • Code Information pages link back to related articles
Access to this feature is available in the following products:
  • tci General Surgery Coding Alert +Archives

free demo
request yours today
pricing
for any budget
sign IN
welcome back!