Reporting Bowel left in Discontinuity: Return the OR

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June 28, 2018

Question:
The bowel was left in discontinuity as part of damage control surgery.  What do I code when I take the patient back to surgery to complete the anastomosis?

Answer:
When you return the patient to the OR to complete the surgery, a 58 modifier (staged procedure) will be appended to the subsequent surgery codes.

*This response is based on the best information available as of 06/28/18.

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