September 3, 2020
The surgeon described the procedure as a ‘hand assisted laparoscopy” He brought part of the bowel outside of the body for evaluation. Does this convert the procedure to open?
Mobilizing the bowel outside the body (extracorporeally) during a laparoscopic procedure does not convert the procedure to open, it is still consider a laparoscopic procedure and coded as laparoscopic.
*This response is based on the best information available as of 9/3/20.