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    We did a thoracic laminectomy for arachnoid cyst at T8 and T9. Three weeks later we have to go in and do laminectomy for T10, T11, and T12.
    What Modifier? I am thinking 79.

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    Apr 2007
    North Carolina


    Assuming this wasn't staged or related to the first surgery, I would agree with 79. Does the dictation give you any hints?

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    The dictation says she was 3 weeks status post T8 and T9 laminectomy for arachnoid cyst and was doing wonderful then suddenly started deteriorating.
    It also says MRI done immediately after this surgery does show immediate resolution of the cyst.

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    North Carolina


    Well, that certainly knocks out 58. It does, still, appear to be 79. Hope you're having a great day, Mary~

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    I am and I hope you are having a great day! Thank you for your help!


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