AMA CPT® Assistant - 2001 Issue 7 (July)

Surgery Cardiovascular System (July 2001)

July 2001 page 11b Coding Consultation Cardiovascular System, Surgery, 33530 (Q&A) Question What is add-on code 33530, Reoperation, coronary artery bypass procedure or valve procedure, more than one month after original operation (List separately in addition to code for primary procedure), intended to describe? AMA Comment In the instance when a repeat coronary artery bypass procedure or valve procedure is performed, there is increased difficulty. When performing a "redo" operation, a repeat sternotomy is performed. This requires removal of previously placed wire sutures, which may have become embedded in the bony portion of the sternum. The anterior cardiac...

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