AMA CPT® Assistant - 2013 Issue 9 (September)

Surgery: Cardiovascular System (Q&A) (September 2013)

September 2013 page 17b Surgery: Cardiovascular System Question: In the following scenario, is it appropriate to report code 37766, Stab phlebectomy of varicose veins, 1 extremity; more than 20 incisions, and code 29581, Application of multi-layer compression system; leg (below knee), including ankle and foot? Perivenous anesthesia in the form of 0.5% lidocaine was delivered to the surrounding tissues of the patient's left leg, and 21 small stab incisions were made approximately 2 cm apart along the course of the varicosity with a #11 blade. The vein was then removed through the small incisions using a phlebectomy hook...

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