AMA CPT® Assistant - 2010 Issue 3 (March)

Surgery: Musculoskeletal System (Q&A) (March 2010)

March 2010 page 9 Surgery: Musculoskeletal System (Q&A) Question: What is the correct use of code 22830, Exploration of spinal fusion?  Is it reported per level? Answer: No. It would not be appropriate to report code 22830 per level. Code 22830 describes the exploration of a previous fusion. It is reported once, regardless of the number of vertebral segments that were previously fused, ie, the exploration may involve more than one interspace or level. This procedure includes the decortication of bone, exploration of the fusion, and the adjustment of existing plates, clamps, screws, and/or wires. If the exploration...

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