Lumbar hardware block

kayb1117

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Doctor writes in operative report:

"I placed .........needles AT THE INSERTION SITE OF THE HARDWARE AT EACH PEDICLE, ......"

Diagnosis: painful hardware, lumbar region (996.78)

Can anyone help with the procedure coding on this one ?

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mbort

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if my memory serves me correctly, the pedicle screws are generally placed into the joint. I think the 62311 should suffice but I would double check with your surgeon or original operative documentation to find out the exact site of the hardware.
 

coderguy1939

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Anesthesia & Pain Management Coding Alert Vol. 10, No. 11 2008 recommends using 64999 or 22899 for spinal hardware injections. There is no code for this procedure.
 
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