AMA CPT® Assistant - 2010 Issue 12 (December)

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

December 2010 page 13 Surgery: Endocrine System Question: In the event that a left thyroid lobectomy is performed, and two days later a right thyroid lobectomy is performed, would the second procedure be reported as another unilateral lobectomy (code 60220) or would the second procedure be considered remaining tissue from the initial procedure (code 60260)? Andrew Aitken, RHIA, CCS, Wichita, KS Answer: Code 60260, Thyroidectomy, removal of all remaining thyroid tissue following previous removal of a portion of thyroid, should be reported as code 60260 represents reentering an already operated field to remove all remaining residual thyroid tissue following...

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