AMA CPT® Assistant - 2010 Issue 12 (December)

Surgery: Cardiovascular System (Q & A) (December 2010)

December 2010 page 12a Surgery: Cardiovascular System Question: What is the correct CPT code to report the open removal of an atrial septal defect (ASD) device with primary closure of an atrial septal defect, in the event the device was previously placed by another physician approximately one year ago? Sandie Becker, CMC, San Jose, CA Answer: Code 33315, Cardiotomy, exploratory (includes removal of foreign body, atrial or ventricular thrombus); with cardiopulmonary bypass, should be reported for the removal of the atrial septal defect (ASD) device assuming the procedure is done on bypass. Code 33641, Repair atrial septal defect, secundum...

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