AMA CPT® Assistant - 2009 Issue 8 (August)

Surgery-Eye and Ocular Adnexa (August 2009)

August 2009 page 11b Surgery: Eye and Ocular Adnexa, 68750 (Q&A) We received two questions pertaining to the following surgical intervention: Lacrimal puncta are dilated (68801), after which scissor punctoplasty is performed (68440). Canaliculi are probed and obstructions found within the canaliculi are dilated with the probe (68840). A dacryocystorhinostomy (DCR) is then performed (68720), after which silicone tubes are placed through the rhinostomy (included in DCR). Middle turbinate is partially excised (30999). Question 1: Do the more distal lacrimal tract procedures make this a conjuntivodacryocystorhinostomy (68750) or would they be separately coded, in addition to the DCR...

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