AMA CPT® Assistant - 2001 Issue 2 (February)

Surgery Nervous System (February 2001)

February 2001 page 10 Coding Consultation Nervous System, Surgery, 63030, 63047 (Q&A) Question My physician performs surgery on the spine that includes laminectomy, decompression of the spine, facetectomy of the L2 vertebra, and laminotomy with excision of the intervertebral disk at L1. Can codes 63030 and 63047 be used to identify the specific procedures performed? AMA Comment If both a laminectomy and a laminotomy are performed on the spine at different levels, then it would be appropriate to report a separate code for each of the procedures performed. In response to your specific question, decompressive laminectomy performed at...

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