May 2008 CPT assistant it states: "Ablation implies removal or destruction of tissue."
Unlike the techniques described in codes 45385 and 45384, the terminology used to indicate when code 45383, Colonoscopy, flexible, proximal to splenic flexure; with ablation of tumor(s), polyp(s), or other lesion(s) not amenable to removal by hot biopsy forceps, bipolar cautery or snare technique, should be reported is not as clear cut. The definition of code 45383 can be misleading because it only indicates what techniques the code should not be reported for. The snare technique is reported using code 43585; hot biopsy and bipolar cautery techniques are reported with code 43584. Code 45383 can be reported for the ablation of a tumor, polyp or other lesion including arteriovenous malformations using a number of different devices including heater probe, bipolar cautery probe, or argon laser, argon plasma coagulators (APC).
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