AHA Coding Clinic® for ICD-9 - 2007 Issue 4; Volume 3 New/Revised Codes

Thoracoscopic Procedures of the Chest

Effective October 1, 2007, several new codes and new subcategories were created to separately identify thoracoscopic surgeries of the chest. Minimally invasive thoracic surgery, also called thoracoscopy, video-assisted thoracic surgery (VATS), or thoracoscopic surgery, is a chest procedure that is performed with a thoracoscope (small video-scope), utilizing small incisions (three 1-inch incisions and one 3- to 4-inch incision) to provide access to the chest cavity with special instruments. The thoracoscope transmits images of the operative site to a computer. Patients who undergo thoracoscopic surgery, such as wedge resection or lobectomy have shorter operative time, length of stays and recovery...

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