Our General Surgeons perform Thyroidectomies, mainly unilateral. They state they are always totals however, on a few of their notes they have stated that they remove 95% or had to leave some of the lobe behind due to the nerve or 10 to 15% behind. They requested I find out if it was 100% had to be removed or if a small percentage remained it could still be coded as Total. One physician stated he believed if 80% was removed it could still be coded as total. Has anyone heard of this?
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