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    I have an op report for a septoplasty and inferior turbinate resection bilaterally for turbinate hypertrophy, but I don't think the documentation is clear as for me to determine what CPT code to choose between 30130, 30140, 30802?

    After securing of the septum into the midline was done with sutures of 4-0 Vicryl securing the cartilage to the vomer. The patient maintained this reduction well and then had the mucoperichondral flaps secured with 3-0 chromic. The patient then had the excessive hypertrophic inferior turbinates removed bilaterally by using electrocautery resection where upon therapeutic removal approx. 50% of the over hanging excess mucosa was done.

    Im thinking 30802 but then this would be bundled


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    i think you should use 30140 "for submucous resection of turbinates

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    I agree with 30140

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    thank you, I've had other expert coders tell me it's 30130? what led you to believe it's 30140 vs 30130?

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    I would query the surgeon for more information. Based on what you have, I would go with 30802 but I have a feeling there was more done.

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