AMA CPT® Assistant - 1991 Issue 4 (April)

Endoscopic vs. Open Surgical Procedures (Winter 1991)

Winter 1991 page 26-end Coding Clarification Endoscopic vs. Open Surgical Procedures The advent of endoscopes has introduced a new method of exploration and treatment of conditions/ diseases normally viewed or treated through an open surgical incision. You will note that many endoscopy procedures have been added in recent years to several systems in CPT (e.g., digestive system, female genital system, musculoskeletal system, respiratory system). There are also codes for procedures for scope assisted procedures (e.g., 29889 Arthroscopically aided posterior cruciate ligament repair/augmentation or reconstruction). When attempting to code a procedure performed with a "scope," be sure to...

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