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NEED CPT CODE FOR YTTRIUM-ALUMINUM-GARNET LASER (YAG LASER). CAN YOU HELP?

Deborah Posted Wed 11th of July, 2012 18:14:47 PM

LOOKING FOR CPT CODE FOR YTTRIUM-ALUMINUM-GARNET LASER OR YAG LASER. THIS IS DONE DURING FIBEROPTIC BRONCHOSCOPY TO DESTRUCT THE TUMOR. THANKS.

SuperCoder Answered Wed 11th of July, 2012 20:46:33 PM

A laser can be used endoscopically to resect tracheobronchial obstructions. The laser fibers
are directed to the obstruction by either a rigid bronchoscope or a flexible fiberscope. The laser
uses light and heat energy to vaporize tissue and reduce or remove the obstruction.
This is a palliative procedure performed on patients with nonresectable obstructive
endobronchial or tracheal tumors. The Nd-YAG is the laser most often used because these
tumors are bulky and require deeper resection than is possible with the CO2 or KTP lasers.
The patients are usually hypoxic and have multiple medical problems. Monitoring should
include an arterial line and occasionally a central line.
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CPT/HCPCS Level II Codes and Description
31641 Bronchoscopy, (rigid or flexible); with destruction of tumor or relief of stenosis by any
method other than excision (e.g., laser therapy, cryotherapy)
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