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Lori Posted Thu 03rd of August, 2017 16:35:21 PM
Procedure title: Left VATS decortication, evacuation of loculated pleural effusion, exclusion of abscess cavity. The description of 32651 is the closest VATS procedure I found. Am I missing something? Please advise. Thanks!!
SuperCoder Answered Fri 04th of August, 2017 06:44:28 AM

The primary procedure was the decortication and since the surgeon was already in the chest cavity, he is going to clean out the abscess cavities as well before closing.If partial decortication is done than CPT 32651 is appropriate and if total left lung decortication is done than CPT 32652 is appropriate. 

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