AHA Coding Clinic® for ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS - 2015 Issue 3; Ask the Editor

Aborted Endovascular Stenting of Superficial Femoral Artery

A patient with critical limb ischemia was seen for catheter-based treatment of a lesion in the left superficial femoral artery (SFA). During the procedure, an angled glidewire encountered significant difficulty, when attempting to enter the lumen of the distal SFA. At that point different crossing catheters and guidewires were utilized without success. Retrograde pedal access using angiogram guided road map was also unsuccessful in crossing the lesion. The procedure was aborted. How should the procedure be coded? ...

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