Nicole Posted Wed 05th of August, 2015 10:02:27 AM
The doctor did a biopsy from the anterior pillar and also removed the upper half of the tonsil.
Would this still be considered the 42842? Any help would be appreciated!
SuperCoder Answered Thu 06th of August, 2015 08:54:56 AM
Well, you are right, CPT 42842 is correct code. During this procedure, the physician removes the tonsils, tonsillar pillars and/or the retromolar trigone (the small area behind the wisdom teeth). If necessary, he also removes portions of the maxilla or mandible that are affected. The resulting wound is so large that it is left open to be grafted during a later procedure. This procedure is often used to remove cancerous growths. Hope it helps!