Aneurysm in a bypass graft? How is this coded?

April 27, 2017

Question:
The surgeon repaired an aneurysm in a lower extremity bypass graft through an open approach. Is this coded with an aneurysm code?

Answer:
Open repair of an aneurysm that occurs in a lower extremity bypass graft is coded as a bypass graft revision, using the appropriate open revision code (35876-35884).

*This response is based on the best information available as of 04/27/17.

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