AHA Coding Clinic® for ICD-9 - 2013 Issue 1; Ask the Editor - ICD-9-CM Coding

Implantation of Vertical Expandable Prosthetic Titanium Rib (VEPTR)

The patient had severe juvenile scoliosis. In light of the progressive nature and magnitude of the curve, it was felt that surgical stabilization was indicated. He underwent insertion of vertical expandable prosthetic titanium rib device (VEPTR), posterior chest. In addition to the placement of the VEPTR, a single pedicle screw was placed on the left side at L2. How should this procedure be coded?  ...

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