SEER Inquiry System - Report
Produced: 02/05/2023 5:59 PM
SEER Program Code Man, 3rd Ed, 122
Surgery of Primary Site: Should laparoscopy be coded as exploratory surgery? See discussion.
Many surgeons are doing exploratory surgery with laparoscopy involving a very small incision, but they can examine organs and take biopsies. Should laparoscopy be coded as exploratory surgery?
For cases diagnosed 1/1/1998 and later: Exploratory surgical procedures, such as laparoscopic surgeries, are not coded in the Surgery of Primary Site field.
For cases diagnosed prior to 1998: Laparoscopic surgery should be coded as exploratory surgery because the organs can be examined and biopsies taken.
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