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  1. #1
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    My doc did laminectomy at L3-4 with foraminotomy and facetectomy

    But only did foraminotomy & faetectomy at L4-5 - he said he was able to reach

    I have no idea how to code this?

    Please help?!

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    Did the patient have stenosis? If so you can use 63047, 63048. If there was no stenosis, I'd use 63030, 63035.

  3. #3
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    Apr 2007


    Yes it is for stenosis

    What exactly is the difference between these 2 codes sets?

    I suppose my real problem is my docs dictation is poor on this one, the only bone he says he is removing is L3-4 rt side.

  4. #4
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    Apr 2007
    Greater Pittsburgh


    Differences....63047/63048 is for stenosis and a vertebral segment.
    ..................63030/63035 is for herniated intervertebral disc interspace. Hope this helps some.
    jdemar, CPC, CMA

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