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Op Note Coding Clinic: Breast Reconstruction with AlloDerm

Posted on 01. Jul, 2009 by in Hot Coding Topics

Surgeons now commonly use AlloDerm in a variety of surgeries, including breast reconstruction procedures. This product and the work associated with using it can present some unique coding challenges, and there are some big coding changes that take effect July 1.

Let our experts help you sort through some of the breast reconstruction surgery coding myths you might encounter. Uncover the truth about AlloDerm coding using this case study presented by Dolores D. Carey, CCS-P, physician-based coder for Loyola University Physician Foundation in Maywood, Ill.

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Operative note: The surgeon performed a bilateral mastectomy. He created a submuscular pocket on the patient’s left side after achieving meticulous hemostasis and removing the pec inferiorly. He placed an implant — medium-height Contour Profile Mentor 275cc — into the pocket after achieving...

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