AMA CPT® Assistant - 2011 Issue 6 (June)

Reporting for Nasal/Sinus Endoscopy (June 2011)

June 2011 pages 11-12 Reporting for Nasal/Sinus Endoscopy The use of the balloon endoscopic technique for dilation of a given sinus ostium is performed to displace soft tissue and bone of the maxillary, frontal, or sphenoid sinus ostia. The balloon endoscope is similar to other standard sinus endoscopy instrumentation (eg, forceps, curettes, punches, microdebrider), but differs in that the endoscope displaces soft tissue and/or bone but does not remove it from the operative site. The existing endoscopic sinus surgery procedures represented by codes 31256-31288 are performed for removal of soft tissue and/or bone to surgically enlarge sinus ostia or...

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