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cpt code for removal of epicardial pacemaker and dual leads via STERNOTOMY

Lynn Posted Thu 17th of November, 2016 12:48:22 PM
how would I code removal of epicardial pacemaker and dual leads via STERNOTOMY? thank you
SuperCoder Answered Fri 18th of November, 2016 01:37:20 AM

The appropriate code to bill for removal of epicardial pacemaker and dual leads via sternotomy will be CPT 33237.

Lynn Posted Fri 18th of November, 2016 04:04:14 AM
but 33237 is via thoracotomy this was removed through reopening of sternal incision would 33233 and 33235? Thank you
SuperCoder Answered Mon 21st of November, 2016 01:22:41 AM

There are several different types of thoracotomy that can be performed, depending on indication for surgery and condition being treated. For example:

Median thoracotomy: Incision through sternum to gain access to chest to reach heart.

posterolateral thoracotomy: Insicion through ribs to reach lungs.

There are many more approches to reach chest.

So if approach is sternotomy, broadly we can say median thoracotomy and bill CPT 33237. Hope it helps.


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