AAPC - Back to school
Results 1 to 3 of 3

Thread: Sternotomy

  1. #1

    Default Sternotomy

    AAPC: Back to School
    Does anyone know what the appropriate code for a sternotomy ONLY would be? The patient has a renal cell tumor extending into the IVC (close to the junction of the IVC and the right atrium). The general surgeon did the abdominal portion and resected the tumor while my doc was called in to open the chest. Any help would be appreciated!

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Milwaukee WI

    Default Sounds like a co-surgeon

    I hope I understand your question correctly ...

    If your surgeon strictly opened for the other surgeon in order to allow that surgeon to resect the tumor, then they should both be using the same procedure code (whatever code for resection of the tumor) with a -62 modifier.

    If I'm off base, can you post the op note?

    Hope that helps.

    F Tessa Bartels, CPC, CEMC

  3. #3


    I agree. Bill the same code as the general surgeon with a -62 modifier.

    Lisi, CPC

Similar Threads

  1. Wound dehiscence of sternotomy site
    By juslydbk@gmail.com in forum General Surgery
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 03-20-2014, 08:09 AM
  2. Sternotomy CPT Code?
    By HILLIC in forum Cardiovascular Thoracic
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: 08-24-2012, 07:06 AM
  3. Re-do sternotomy
    By camilla38 in forum Cardiovascular Thoracic
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 03-30-2012, 10:33 AM
  4. Re-do sternotomy
    By camilla38 in forum Medical Coding General Discussion
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: 03-22-2012, 10:44 AM
  5. Sternotomy Only
    By Matt Cooper in forum Cardiovascular Thoracic
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 01-04-2011, 03:27 PM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts

Enjoying Our Forums?

AAPC forums are a benefit of membership. Joining AAPC grants you unlimited access, allowing you to post questions and participate with our community of over 150,000 professionals.

Join Now Continue Reading Without Full Access

Already a Member?


Close Message

In addition to full participation on AAPC forums, as a member you will be able to:

  • Access to the largest healthcare job database in the world.
  • Join over 150,000 members of the healthcare network in the world.
  • Be a part of an industry leading organization that drives the business side of healthcare.
  • Save anywhere from 10%-50% with exclusive member discounts on courses, books, study materials, and conferences.
  • Access to discounts at hundreds of restaurants, travel destinations, retail stores, and service providers. AAPC members also have opportunities to save on heath, life, and liability insurance.
  • Become a member of a local chapter and attend regular meetings.