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Ablation vs. Turbinate Reduction

Kashonna Posted Thu 02nd of January, 2020 11:33:56 AM
Can you please tell me what the appropriate CPT code would be based on the following procedure description? The coblator device was inserted into the head of each inferior turbinate and advanced, Several applications of energy were applied along the length of each turbinate, Several channels were created in each turbinate, The inferior tubinates were outfractured using a Boise elevator. Findings Inferior turbinate hypertrophy.
SuperCoder Answered Fri 03rd of January, 2020 03:36:01 AM

Hello Kashonna,

Thank you for your question

 

As per the above provided documentation, the appropriate code will be CPT® code 30801- Ablation, soft tissue of inferior turbinates, unilateral or bilateral, any method (eg, electrocautery, radiofrequency ablation, or tissue volume reduction); superficial

 

Note: The underlying difference between 30801 and 30802 is that 30802 enters the submucosa and shrinks the inferior turbinate. 30801 involves a reduction of the size of the inferior turbinate in a more superficial manner and does not enter the submucosal soft tissue.

 

Since, the above documentation does not indicate the ablation of the deeper mucosal soft tissue, appropriate choice of code will be CPT® code 30801

 

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https://www.supercoder.com/coding-newsletters/my-otolaryngology-coding-alert/reader-question-make-proper-distinctions-between-30801-30802-30130-and-30140-161013-article

 

Hope that helps!

Thanks

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