AMA CPT® Assistant - 2001 Issue 4 (April)

Transmyocardial Laser Revascularization (April 2001)

April 2001 page 7 Coding Commentary Transmyocardial Laser Revascularization Within the past two years, two new codes have been added to describe transmyocardial laser revascularization (TMR); namely: 33140Transmyocardial laser revascularization, by thoracotomy; (separate procedure) 33141performed at the time of other open cardiac procedure(s) (List separately in addition to code for primary procedure) Since that time, there has been some confusion related to the intent and use of these transmyocardial laser revascularization procedures. As you will recall, TMR is performed to create channels in the arterio-luminal sinusoids that connect directly with the left ventricular cavity, using a high-powered laser in...

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