Nicole Posted Thu 13th of November, 2014 15:54:05 PM
The doctor did a left groin exploration with removal of foreign body from common femoral artery as well as a thrombectomy of common femoral artery.
Would the proper coding be:
SuperCoder Answered Fri 14th of November, 2014 03:32:44 AM
Thanks for your query. Can you please share the brief description of procedure?
Nicole Posted Thu 20th of November, 2014 21:15:43 PM
On the femoral artery- A small arteriotomy was made, upon doing this the wire was visualized within the lumen of the vessel. The wire was grabbed and removed in its entirety.
A thrombus was immediately visualized- Using a fogarty cath, the thrombus was removed. The proximal and distal artery were thrombectomized
SuperCoder Answered Fri 21st of November, 2014 10:02:05 AM
You should use code 34201, Embolectomy or thrombectomy, with or without catheter; femoropopliteal, aortoiliac artery, by leg incision.
Foreign body removal will not be separately reportable and will be considered as included in thrombectomy procedure.