Question:

If a physician begins a cholecystectomy procedure using a laparoscopic approach but has to convert the procedure to an open abdominal approach, which approach would be reported?

Answer:

Only the CPT® code for the open cholecystectomy may be reported. The CPT code for the failed laparoscopic cholecystectomy is not separately reportable.


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