AMA CPT® Assistant - 2001 Issue 11 (November)

Surgical Laparoscopy with Adrenalectomy (November 2001)

November 2001 pages 8-9 Coding Communication Surgical Laparoscopy with Adrenalectomy Increasingly, procedures that have traditionally required an open surgical field are now performed using a laparoscopic approach, which requires only small incisions to create portal accesses into the abdominal area. A specific code describing laparoscopic adrenalectomy was added to the endocrine system section of the CPT 2000 manual. When a surgical laparoscopic procedure is preceded by a diagnostic laparoscopy, the diagnostic procedure is considered an inclusive component of the surgical procedure, and would not be reported separately. This month, the CPT Assistant presents a clinical example for code 60650...

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