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Electrode Grids placed and removed on the surface of the brain

Deborah h Posted Thu 28th of May, 2015 08:08:46 AM

If the electrode grids were placed on the surface of the brain through the left frontal hemisphere through a previous duraplasty and then removed; would you still code 61867 even if it’s through the left frontal hemisphere? If not, what code. Please explain.

SuperCoder Answered Fri 29th of May, 2015 02:44:19 AM

Yes, this seems the most appropriate code when performed with stereotactic guidance. In this procedure, the provider removes a portion of the skull or he may create burr holes in the skull. He then uses the stereotactic method, which makes use of a three dimensional coordinate system to locate small targets inside the brain, and places a neurostimulator electrode array on the targeted location.

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