AMA CPT® Assistant - 2011 Issue 11 (November)

Coding Brief: Lower Extremity Thrombectomy/Atherectomy (Codes 37186, 37225, 37227, 37229, 37231, 37233, 37235) (November 2011)

November 2011 page 9 Coding Brief: Lower Extremity Thrombectomy/Atherectomy (Codes 37186, 37225, 37227, 37229, 37231, 37233, 37235) The July 2011 issue of CPT Assistant featured an article discussing the CPT 2011 lower extremity revascularization codes. Continuing with that discussion, this article provides clarification of when it is and is not appropriate to additionally report "thrombectomy" in conjunction with lower extremity femoral and tibial/peroneal atherectomy procedures described by codes 37225, 37227, 37229, 37231, 37233, and 37235. 37225 Revascularization, endovascular, open or percutaneous, femoral/popliteal artery(s), unilateral; with atherectomy, includes angioplasty within the same vessel, when performed 37227 with transluminal stent placement(s)...

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