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TLIF W/ Excision of Facet Cyst

Kirsten Posted Tue 02nd of February, 2016 12:24:34 PM

My Doc performed a TLIF at L2-3. In addition, he performed a facetectomy at the same level to excise a large facet cyst. Can I code a 63047 for decompression during a TLIF if it the facet cyst that is causing the compression? It does not list central decompression per se in the OP note, only that the facet cyst was causing compression. Please advise.

SuperCoder Answered Wed 03rd of February, 2016 03:11:11 AM

No,the code 63947 cannot be billed with the main procedure, TLIF (Transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion), if performed at the same level.

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