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'Unlisted' Is Your Best Choice for Spinal Hardware Injection

Question: How do we code for the spinal hardware injections? Kentucky Subscriber Answer: Your physician is likely performing a “hardware injection” or “pedicle screw block” when he is injecting a local anesthetic alongside the vertebral pedicle screws previously placed during spinal instrumentation surgery.  Explanation: If the patient continues to experience pain after spinal fusion with hardware placement, the physician may inject an [...]

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