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Ivor Lewis Esophagectomy and Two Surgeons

coding for transthoracic esophagectomy (TTE)
A TTE procedure is mainly used to treat esophageal cancer.

The Coding Challenge

Question: A patient undergoes an Ivor Lewis esophagectomy with a thoracotomy. Dr. Blue, a thoracic surgeon, performs the thoracic approach and thoracic procedures, and Dr. Green, a general surgeon, performs the abdominal procedures. How would Dr. Blue report for his part of the procedure?

A. 43122-59
B. 43287-80
C. 43117-62
D. 43118-81

Answer:

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