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    Question Radiofrequency Ablation

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    Can anyone help with this situation:

    Using CT guidance, a radiofrequency needle with a 3-cm burn zone was introduced into the left perilumbar muscle where a mass was noted. Radiofrequency ablation was perfomed several times. Each side was repeated twice, one @ 100% energy level and the second time @ 70% energy level and every time inpedance was achieved. The entire mass was ablated.

    Can't find a code for "perilumbar muscle ablation".

    Any suggestions?

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    Apr 2007


    My suggestion would be to code 77013/32998. Perilumbar is the muscle surrounding the lumbar. I couldn't find a code either.

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    thanks for the help, i'm really stuck on this one.

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