AMA CPT® Assistant - 2015 Issue 6 (June)

Surgery: Nervous System (Q&A) (June 2015)

June 2015 page 10b Surgery: Nervous System Question: When performing an anterior cervical discectomy and fusion at C4-C5 and C5-C6, how much of the vertebral body must be removed to appropriately report code 63081, Vertebral corpectomy (vertebral body resection), partial or complete, anterior approach with decompression of spinal cord and/or nerve root(s); cervical, single segment? Answer: In order for the procedure to be reported as a corpectomy, half of the vertebral body must be resected. Typically, the resected area includes the disc space above and below. Surgery: Nervous System (Q&A) (June 2015). CPT® Assistant. 2015; June 2015 page...

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