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Aug 23rd, 2012 - Michelelee2007

Spinal Surgery Coding

My doc does this one surgery and I am new to his coding and am having a very difficult time coding it. Would anyone like to give it a try?
Complete anterior radical discectomy L5-S1
Anterior lumbar spinal decompression, L5-S1, central bilateral recess, bilateral neural foramen including posterior longitudinal ligament takedown
Partial corpectomy, inferior portion, L5 vertebral body
Partial corpectomy, superior portion, S1 vertebral body
Application of interbody fusion devies bilaterally, L5-S1 (Ray Styker cages)
Insertion of Vitoss bone grafting marterial to bilateral cages

This is done in duplicate for L5-S1, then again on L4-L5
What do you think in regards to CPTCodes, each time I attempt it I get different codes please help?!
Thanks Michele

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Aug 23rd, 2012 - jschmutz   323 

re: Spinal Surgery Coding

Without the op-note it would be really hard for someone to give you accurate coding advice on this type of procedure. Is he by chance doing a TranS1 / AxiaLIF?

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Aug 23rd, 2012 -

re: Spinal Surgery Coding

Do you have an email I would be happy to send this to you if so?

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Aug 24th, 2012 -

re: Spinal Surgery Coding

Would you be willing to take a look at this via email or fax. If so I can send the information to you.

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