AMA CPT® Assistant - 2008 Issue 10 (October)

Surgery/Cardiovascular System (October 2008)

October 2008 page 10a Surgery: Cardiovascular System, 34830, 34831, 34832 (Q&A) Question: Several years ago, a patient had an endovascular stent-graft placed to treat an infrarenal abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA). Recent follow-up imaging showed that the device had migrated into the AAA sac, allowing pressurization of the sac. This required an open surgical repair to explant the migrated stent-graft device and directly repair the AAA with a graft. How would this open surgical procedure (stent-graft explant and subsequent direct AAA repair) be coded? Answer: There are three CPT codes that describe the explantation of the endovascular stent-graft with...

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