when a pt has a post op fistula would you code the T8183XD or the specific fistula such as K63.2 or both ?


  • With T81.83XD, the description of the code is PERSISTENT post operative fistula following a procedure. I wouldn't use that code unless it were provider confirmed that the cause of the fistula was the surgical procedure and that it was persistent. If it were a newly discovered fistula after a procedure, I can't honestly say that I would use that code.

  • yeah that persistent stopped me from using it and i just used the fistula code. but anyway to capture that it was from the surgery. it did state how surgery was complicated by the fistula but just not persistent

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