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    I have a lumbar laminectomy L3-4 w/ spinal fusion using bone graft with synthes instrumentation. The patients dx is lumbar stenosis. The physician coded 63047,63048,22612,22842,20937. The problem I have is with 63047,63048 the doc does not state the he perfomed a foraminotomy, facetectomy or discectomy so I am leaning towards 63005. Please advise
    Last edited by msortho; 12-31-2007 at 06:00 AM.

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    I'd check with the doctor about the Op Note and have him clarify the procedure.

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    i would just go with the 63005 as well if that is all he did but yes I agree I would ask the dr to clarify first.

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