AMA CPT® Assistant - 2000 Issue 5 (May)

Musculoskeletel System (May 2000)

May 2000 page 11a Coding Consultation Musculoskeletal System, 22851, 22899 (Q&A) Question If methylmethacrylate is used to perform a percutaneous vertebroplasty procedure (injection of the substance into a vertebral body area), would code 22851 be the most appropriate code to identify the procedure performed? AMA Comment No. Code 22851 includes the surgical exposure of the spinal site at which the biomechanical device (such as synthetic cages, threaded bone dowell(s), methylmethacrylate) is to be placed. Since the performance of the percutaneous vertebroplasty procedure involves the insertion of a needle into the area to be addressed, it would not be...

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