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    What procedures involving the thoracic spne and cord would require an anterior transthoracic approach?

    I believe this approach may be considered for treatment of disk herniations, anterior release and/or instrumentation for spinal correction, decompression, fusion, and/or instrumentation for spinal fractures, and neoplasms.

    Should the operative report clearly state this approach?

    Any comments/suggestions would be appreciated.



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    Yes, the op report should clearly describe the approach for these procedures.

    You may want to post this question under neurosurgery. I would think anyone dedicated to coding for this specialty would be better able to answer your question.

    Lisi, CPC

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    Thank you for your help!

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