AAPC - Back to school
Results 1 to 2 of 2

Thread: C5 C6 Osteophyte

  1. #1

    Default C5 C6 Osteophyte

    AAPC: Back to School
    My physician was was performing fusion at C6-C7 with plating and removed a osteophyte at C5-C6 what code would you use for excision of the osteophyte?

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    North Carolina


    Not sure what approach your physician took but have you looked at 63075?

    Also, keep in mind...

    The CPT Assistant (January 2001, Vol. 11, No. 1) states: “For both codes 22554 and 22630, if the surgeon is removing disk and/or bony endplate solely with the need to prepare the vertebrae for fusion, then no additional 63000 series code(s) is reported. The appropriate 63045-63048, 63075-63078 code(s) should be reported, when in addition to removing the disk and preparing the vertebral endplate, the surgeon removes posterior osteophytes and decompresses the spinal cord or nerve root(s), which requires work in excess of that normally performed when doing a posterior lumbar interbody fusion (PLIF).” (example)

    (Quoted from an AAOS article)

Similar Threads

  1. osteophyte after finger fracture
    By tag60 in forum Diagnosis Coding
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 06-22-2015, 08:05 PM
  2. HELP PLEASE!!! Osteophyte removal, c3-c6
    By JJSearnock in forum Orthopaedics
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: 06-25-2014, 06:12 AM
  3. osteophyte vs. foreign body
    By dlbroyles26 in forum Plastic Surgery
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 05-01-2014, 11:41 AM
  4. Osteophyte excision of the elbow
    By coders_rock! in forum Orthopaedics
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 04-16-2014, 02:09 PM
  5. Foraminotomy w removal osteophyte
    By jdemar in forum Orthopaedics
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 01-12-2010, 10:29 AM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts

Enjoying Our Forums?

AAPC forums are a benefit of membership. Joining AAPC grants you unlimited access, allowing you to post questions and participate with our community of over 150,000 professionals.

Join Now Continue Reading Without Full Access

Already a Member?


Close Message

In addition to full participation on AAPC forums, as a member you will be able to:

  • Access to the largest healthcare job database in the world.
  • Join over 150,000 members of the healthcare network in the world.
  • Be a part of an industry leading organization that drives the business side of healthcare.
  • Save anywhere from 10%-50% with exclusive member discounts on courses, books, study materials, and conferences.
  • Access to discounts at hundreds of restaurants, travel destinations, retail stores, and service providers. AAPC members also have opportunities to save on heath, life, and liability insurance.
  • Become a member of a local chapter and attend regular meetings.