AMA CPT® Assistant - 2007 Issue 6 (June)

Surgery: Urinary System (June 2007)

June 2007 page 10d Coding Communication:Surgery: Urinary System Question A patient presents for a cystourethroscopy with ureteroscopy and removal of a calculus that is located in the ureter. In attempting the cystourethroscopy a urethral stricture is encountered that needs to be dilated in order to gain access to the calculus. Is it appropriate to report both of these endoscopies? AMA Comment Yes. There are times when one endoscopic procedure must be performed before a more extensive endoscopic procedure can be performed due to anatomical locations. In this case, the dilation of a stricture is not included in the primary...

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