Coding Mesentery Repair

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October 4, 2018

Question:
Documentation states that the mesentery was repaired as part of where the liver was packed. How is this reported?

Answer:
Code 44850, Suture of mesentery (separate procedure) is designated as a separate procedure and therefore is included in the more comprehensive procedure, the liver packing.  The separate procedure designation means that the procedure is usually a component of a more complex service and is not reported in addition to the more complex service in performed in the same anatomic area.

*This response is based on the best information available as of 10/04/18.

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