AAPC - Back to school
Results 1 to 2 of 2

Thread: laparoscopic Laminectomy

  1. #1

    Smile laparoscopic Laminectomy

    AAPC: Back to School
    Hello Everyone,

    We will be doing laparoscopic laminectomies at our facility. We have been told to use the open codes (63001, 63003, etc). This does not sound correct to me, I am thinking more in the lines of unlisted neuro codes. Does anyone do these at their facilities or have any information. Thank you for your assistance. Have a great day. Shelley

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    North Carolina


    Are you referring to the MIA (Minimally Invasive approach)-endoscopic?

    63030 (example)-This procedure may be done as an open approach or an endoscopically-assisted approach, in which a small guide probe is inserted and manipulated through the foramen into the spinal canal under special video and radiographic guidance. A catheter is manipulated over the probe at the surgical site and instruments are advanced through the lumen. Herniated disc fragments are removed to eliminate pressure. The endoscope is withdrawn; all layers are sutured back into position; and the skin is closed. Code 63020 reports one cervical interspace; code 63030 reports one lumbar interspace; and code 63035 is used for each additional interspace, either cervical or lumbar.

Similar Threads

  1. Laminectomy L4 & L5 & Partial Laminectomy L3
    By Joyce Burchett in forum Neurology/Neurosurgery
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: 01-29-2015, 01:53 PM
  2. Laparoscopic to Open back to Laparoscopic
    By bjrepar in forum General Surgery
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 08-28-2014, 01:26 PM
  3. Replies: 2
    Last Post: 03-04-2014, 10:16 AM
  4. Replies: 0
    Last Post: 01-11-2013, 09:49 PM
  5. Laminectomy & Partial Laminectomy
    By TammyVan in forum Orthopaedics
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: 01-20-2011, 11:58 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.