This course introduces you to procedures commonly performed by general surgeons in the operating room. The course begins with coding and excision of lesions followed by fluid aspiration and incision and drainage procedures. The course concludes with gastrointestinal procedures and other general surgery procedures commonly seen in the OR. You’ll be able to test your knowledge at the end of the course with the Code Red Ultimate Challenge!


Lesson 1: Biopsies and Excisions

  • Differentiate between fine needle biopsy and needle core biopsy
  • Assign codes for sentinel lymph node identification and biopsy
  • Assign codes for bone marrow biopsy and aspiration
  • Recognize when an additional code is needed for repair following the removal of skin lesions

Lesson 2: Fluid Aspiration and Incision and Drainage

  • Discern between puncture aspiration and incision & drainage
  • Distinguish perirectal from perianal abscess drainage

Lesson 3: Procedures on the Gastrointestinal System

  • Differentiate between open and laparoscopic procedures
  • Assign a code for incidental liver biopsy at the time of laparoscopic cholecystectomy
  • Align procedure descriptions to codes for hemorrhoid procedures

Lesson 4: Other General Surgery Procedures

  • Determine when to use code 49568 for implantation of mesh during hernia repair
  • Select the code for hysteroscopic dilation and curettage
  • Identify codes for thyroidectomy procedures

** The price of this product includes an AMA Royalty Fee

Target Audience

  • Facility outpatient coders
  • Professional fee coders
  • Compliance & revenue integrity professionals
  • Coding auditors & educators
  • Clinic managers
  • Coding managers

CE Credits

This program has been approved for 1.5 continuing education units for use in fulfilling the continued education requirements of the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA). Granting prior approval from AHIMA does not constitute endorsement of the program content or its program sponsor.

  • Domain: Data Structure, Content, and Information Governance

This program has the prior approval of the American Academy for Professional Coders (AAPC) for 1.5 continuing education hours. Granting of prior approval in no way constitutes endorsement by AAPC of the program content or the program sponsor.


Purchasing Details

  • The price of this product includes the AMA Royalty Fees
  • Upon purchase, you will have a 6-month subscription to this course. This will allow you the opportunity to complete and review as often as you like for 6 months.
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