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    Default Peripheral atherectomy and angioplasty

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    Procedures Performed:
    R femoral angiography with S&I
    Balloon dilatation to the distal SFA
    Balloon dilatation to the popliteal artery
    Suboptimal balloon result with Fox Hollow atherectomy of the distal SFA

    Report as follows:
    Attempt to go through the right common femoral with antegrade stick unsuccessful given to fat tissue. Went thru the L groin, retrograde stick with a crossover using rim catheter with a glide wire. The glide was placed in the distal SFA and the rim catheter advanced and using Amplatz extra stiff placed a sheath crossed over to the proximal RSFA. With wires pushed into the distal vessel and reconstituted the distal SFA which was 100% stenosed with collaterals. After transcatheter going with a filter wire, spider placed distally distal to the popliteal in the peroneal tibial trunk and deployed successfully. We started with a 2x40 mm balloon and with multiple dilatation was obtained. Using a Fox atherectomy device, multiple rotational atherectomy was done in the distal SFA. After looking at the picture, a second 2.5 balloon and finally a 5x14 cm balloon was placed and inflated to 8 atm's for final dication. Final results showed no proximal distal dissection, TIMI III flow and minimal residual stenosis.

    Can I bill:
    36247 L Popliteal
    35474 LSFA
    35493 LSFA

    Any thoughts? Can peripheral atherectomy and angioplasty be billed together? Is this dependent on the payor? If so, which ones?

    Thanks for any insight. MJ

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    In this case I would only code the atherectomy as far as the intervention goes. Not the angioplasty. I dont see anywhere in the report that says Angioplasty was suboptimal.

    The rest of your codes look good.

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