AHA Coding Clinic® for HCPCS - 2018 Issue 3; Ask the Editor

Retained cataract fragments and Elschnig pearls

Patient with retained cataract fragments and Elschnig pearls presents for fragment removal, iridectomy and capsulotomy of the left eye. A paracentesis was performed and the anterior chamber was inflated with viscoelastic material. The pupil was enlarged with iris hooks and by freeing the iris attachment. A vitrector was inserted through the additional paracentesis and the particles were removed from the intraocular lens. Everything appeared clear and normal, a subconjunctival injection was administered and a pressure patch placed. What is the correct code for this procedure? ...

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