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What code is used to ablate a polyp with a snare?

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    Question What code is used to ablate a polyp with a snare?
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    If a surgeon is ablating a polyp with a snare, would you code the instrument used which is the snare or the ablation? I have been researching this and have found conflicting information.

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    Red face Polyp ablation
    45383 with colonoscopy

    45339 with sigmoidoscopy

    45320 with proctosigmoidoscopy

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    Where I am confused is that I have read that even if the polyp is ablated, you code the snare since that was the instrument used. Have you seen any publications or bulletins regarding this?

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    No. Where did you read it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mhcpc View Post
    45383 with colonoscopy

    45339 with sigmoidoscopy

    45320 with proctosigmoidoscopy
    Would these codes be used since the code descriptions are "...not amenable to removal by hot biopsy forceps, bipolar cautery or snare technique."?


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