Surgical Coding after Excessive Weight Loss after Gastric Bypass

Surgical Coding after Excessive Weight Loss after Gastric Bypass

May 31, 2018

Question:
How do I code an abdominoplasty with a panniculectomy? I am reporting 15830 for the excision of the excessive skin.  Does CPT 15830 include the abdominoplasty?

Answer:
In addition to CPT 15830 for the panniculectomy when you are also doing an abdominoplasty during the same operative session you can report the add-on code 15847 (Excision, excessive skin, and subcutaneous tissue (includes lipectomy), abdomen (e.g., abdominoplasty) (includes umbilical transposition and fascial plication) (List separately in addition to code for primary procedure).

*This response is based on the best information available as of 05/31/18.

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