AMA CPT® Assistant - 1997 Issue 9 (September)

Musculoskeletal System, 22612, 22830 (Q&A) (September 1997)

September 1997 page 11 Coding Consultation Musculoskeletal System, 22612, 22830 (Q&A) Question Is exploration of spinal fusion, code 22830, included in arthrodesis, code 22612? AMA Comment If arthrodesis is performed in addition to an exploration of a spinal fusion, both procedures can be coded. Therefore, if code 22612, Arthrodesis, posterior or posterolateral technique, single level; lumbar (with or without lateral transverse technique), is performed and documented in the operative note, and code 22830, Exploration of spinal fusion, is performed and documented in the operative note, then both codes 22612 and 22830 can be reported. Exploration of a spinal...

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