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Lateral Transforaminal Discectomy

Melissa Posted Thu 29th of May, 2014 16:56:15 PM

The surgeon performed a "right L3-L4 lateral transforaminal discectomy with microsurgical technique. spinal needle was inserted and x-ray obtained for initial localization

Melissa Posted Fri 30th of May, 2014 09:17:59 AM

Does anyone have a suggestion for this?

SuperCoder Answered Fri 30th of May, 2014 10:06:54 AM

I am inclining towards an unlisted code here. But let me check with my CE over this for a definitive answer.


SuperCoder Answered Mon 02nd of June, 2014 12:28:06 PM

There is insufficient info provided to make a definitive determination. If this procedure was performed in which direct visualization of the disc and nerve root with the naked eye could be performed, then 63056 and 69990 would be the appropriate codes to report. If direct visualization was not possible (meaning an endoscopic or percutaneous discectomy was performed), then 62287 would be the appropriate code to report.

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