AMA CPT® Assistant - 2002 Issue 1 (January)

Female Genital System (January 2002)

January 2002 page 11a Coding Consultation Female Genital System, Surgery, 58661 (Q&A) Question If a surgeon performs a laparoscopy with bilateral removal of ovaries and/or fallopian tubes, should code 58661, Laparoscopy, surgical; with removal of adnexal structures (partial or total oophorectomy and/or salpingectomy), be reported with modifier -50, Bilateral procedure, appended? Or, is code 58661 inherently bilateral? AMA Comment From a coding perspective, code 58661 describes a unilateral procedure. Therefore, if a laparoscopy is performed and bilateral removal of ovaries and/or fallopian tubes is performed, modifier -50 should be appended to indicate the procedure was performed bilaterally. Female...

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