Is a Suture a Resection?

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August 23, 2018

Question:
Is a suture repair of the colon considered a resection?

Answer:
No. Suture repair of the colon (large intestine) is coded as 44604. This might be done for an injury or perforation for disease.  The code include repair of a single or multiple perforation. Resection involves removing a portion of the colon.

*This response is based on the best information available as of 08/23/18.

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