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Laminectomy vs. Laminotomy (hemilaminectomy)

  1. Question Laminectomy vs. Laminotomy (hemilaminectomy)
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    Help! I need to see which code I would use in a procedure that reads: L4-L5 laminectomy, partial facetectomy, foraminotomy, dickectomy, interbody fusion with vertebral spacer, Infuse, allograft, posterolateral fusion with Infuse, Vitoss, allograft, autograft, and instrumentation.
    Would I use 63030, or 63047? Any help is MUCH appreciated!

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    I would use 63030 for interspace since it reads L4-5. If it read laminectomy L5 that to me means segment not interspace and would use the 63047.
    Hope that helps

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    Quote Originally Posted by Orpheus22 View Post
    Help! I need to see which code I would use in a procedure that reads: L4-L5 laminectomy, partial facetectomy, foraminotomy, dickectomy, interbody fusion with vertebral spacer, Infuse, allograft, posterolateral fusion with Infuse, Vitoss, allograft, autograft, and instrumentation.
    Would I use 63030, or 63047? Any help is MUCH appreciated!
    "Partial" is what stands out to me. Solely based on what you posted, I would use 63030. I didn't address the other codes since you didn't inquire about them.

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    Thank you SO much for the response. I was pretty sure of the 63030 as opposed to the 63047, but the terminology was what was throwing me off- (-ectomy vs. -otomy). But since everyone agrees, I'll feel better coding the 63030. You guys rock!

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