AMA CPT® Assistant - 2010 Issue 11 (November)

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

November 2010 page 9c Surgery: Cardiovascular System Question: Is it appropriate to report CPT code 37785 for an attempted three-incision microphlebectomy at the time of endo-venous laser ablation of the right greater saphenous vein? Answer: No. It is not appropriate to report code 37785, Ligation, division, and/or excision of varicose vein cluster(s), 1 leg, as use of this code requires description excision or ligation of a specific cluster of veins. Code 37799, Unlisted procedure, vascular surgery, should be reported as indicated in the parenthetical instruction following code 37765, “for less than 10 incisions, use 37799.” The documentation...

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