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    Default VATS Minithoracotomy wedge resection and lymph node sampling

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    Can someone help me with the CPT codes for Minithoracotomy with VATS and wedge resection and lymph node sampling from stations 5,7,8, and 9? Any help is appreciated.

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    Without reading the report; VATS w/ wedge resection would be 32657. If done by thoracotomy there is not a specific code that captures the 'wedge resection' take a look at 32500.

    Hope that helps a little - these can be tough.
    Julie Graham, BA, CPC, CCC

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    Without reading the op-report, if the surgeon performed VATS wedge resection but he had to do a mini thoracotomy for completion, I would use 32500 with 32601. For lymph node dissection depending on how much lymph node he took, check 38746. I would add V64.42 with the diagnoses as well.

    Hope this helps!

    Susie, CPC-H
    Last edited by wilburjs; 03-19-2011 at 09:31 PM.

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