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    Which would be the appropriate code to use for vaginal polyp removed at its base with cautery & base then cauterized. Provider didn't use a colposcope.

    Would it be appropriate to use 57061? Would you append a -52 since the colposcope wasn't used? Or would you use code 17000??

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    Try 57500. The physician inserts a speculum into the vagina to view the cervix. A small cut is made in the cervix and biopsy forceps are used to remove a piece or multiple pieces of tissue, or to completely remove a lesion. Bleeding, usually minimal, may be stopped by electric current (fulguration). This info is from Encoder Pro.

    Last edited by carol badger; 02-25-2008 at 07:41 PM. Reason: error

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