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Neurosurgery Coding Alert

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Apply Modifier 51 Only when Billing 63662 with 63688

Question: A patient presented to the operating room (OR) for the removal of a spinal neurostimulator electrode plate inserted during a previous laminotomy. Additionally, the surgeon removed a previously implanted spinal cord stimulator. Can I bill these two procedures together? If so, what CPT® codes should I apply? California Subscriber Answer: You will want to code 63662 (Removal of spinal neurostimulator electrode [...]