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    Default Need some help with the anesthesia code

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    Cystourethroscopy with right retrograde pyelogram
    Right ureteroscopy with laser lithotripsy and vascular extraction of calculus
    Placement of right 6x26 JJ stent

    We coded this as:

    52353 surgical code
    00918 anes code

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    Pasadena, CA


    your choice is correct, if you go to the CPT index and look for "lithotripsy" you have the same code (52353) for bladder, urethra & ureter. For kidney stone removal you would use alternative anes code 00862. The key is to find out the site of the stone removal (bladder, urethra & ureter=00918, kidney=00862).

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    Default Need some help with the anesthesia code

    I would code for the retrograde pyelogram, asa code 01922. Look at the May 2005 Anesthesia & Pain Coding Alert on pg 38, it gives you an example as to why code for the retrograde pyelogram.

    Alicia, CPC

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