AMA CPT® Assistant - 1999 Issue 6 (June)

Cardiovascular System Bypass Graft, 35536, 35560 (Q&A) (June 1999)

June 1999 page 10a Coding Consultation Cardiovascular System Bypass Graft, 35536, 35560 (Q&A) Question I have a question regarding the renal bypass codes (35536 or 35560). Are these codes unilateral or bilateral? These procedures are often done unilaterally, but they may be performed bilaterally. AMA Comment The renal bypass codes (35536, 35560) are unilateral codes. For example, if a bilateral splenorenal bypass is performed using vein graft, then you would report CPT code 35536, Bypass graft, with vein; splenorenal, with the modifier -50 appended to indicate that the procedure was performed bilaterally. Cardiovascular System Bypass Graft, 35536, 35560...

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