AHA Coding Clinic® for ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS - 2019 Issue 1; Ask the Editor
Spinal Fusion Performed at Same Level as Decompressive Laminectomy
The patient is a 72-year-old woman diagnosed with lumbar stenosis and spondylolisthesis with scoliosis. She underwent decompressive laminectomy at L2, L3, and L4. This was followed by lumbar spinal fusion with interbody cages at L3-L4 and L4-L5. Is decompressive laminectomy coded separately when it is performed at the same level as a spinal fusion? ...
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