Coding a Hand Assisted Laparoscopy

Coding a Hand Assisted Laparoscopy

September 3, 2020

Question:
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?

Answer:
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.

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