Coding for Non-Biological Mesh Placement

Coding for Non-Biological Mesh Placement

January 23, 2020

Question:
How do I report placement of a mesh implant in the abdomen that is not a biological implant and not for an open incisional hernia?

Answer:
Placement of a non-biological implant in the abdomen is reported with code +0437T Implantation of non-biologic or synthetic implant (eg, polypropylene) for fascial reinforcement of the abdominal wall (List separately in addition to code for primary procedure). It is an intraoperative procedure that may be performed with an intra-abdominal surgery to lessen the risk of incisional hernia by adding mesh.

*This response is based on the best information available as of 1/23/20.

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