CPT Code For Appendectomy

Experiencing a severe pain in the lower abdomen does not always indicate appendicitis. It could be any one of several conditions but the expected method of determination is a Laparoscopic procedure. The medical professionals will address the situation and prepare you for further testing to determine what course of action to take and returning you to your former health. Here are a few things to keep in mind while getting assigned a CPT Code for Appendectomy.

Acute appendicitis is relatively easy to diagnose due to the severity of pain the patient is experiencing. There is no chance the attending physicians will allow the patient to leave the hospital without removing the inflamed appenditure. It is marked on the work orders as a 541, indicating a standard case of appendicitis.

Appendicitis with a perforation means it has ruptured and its indicator is 540.0 and may have additional instructions. When your appendix ruptures it is leaking toxins into your system and it is absolutely necessary to remove it. Otherwise, you can become so ill it is mandatory to do emergency surgery. Just lay back and try to relax as much as possible while the medical staff is making the preparations to assist you in returning to health and vitality.

Your appendix can also present a condition known as a peritoneal abscess and the number is 540.1 to indicate the peritoneal lining is involved. What you need to remember is to be as still as possible and make no effort to get out of bed and walk around. Instead, do exactly as you are instructed and try to remain calm.

Other abdominal conditions which cause severe pain can include both the small and large intestines and do not always result in appendicitis. However, it is of utmost importance that you seek qualified medical assistance immediately rather than attempt to diagnose yourself.

In the example below, CPT code for Appendectomy:

44950 Appendectomy (incidental during intra-abdominal surgery)
44955 Appendectomy when done for indicated purpose at time of other major procedure (not as separate procedure)
(List separately in addition to code for primary procedure)
44960 Appendectomy for ruptured appendix, with abscess or generalized peritonitis

 

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