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  1. #1
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    Default Seasoned vascular coders....

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    What codes would you use for this procedure:
    Aortic root replacement w/ a 29 mm Medtronic Freestyle valve, reimplantation of the left main coronary, reimplantation of the right main coronary artery, along with replacement of the ascending aorta w/ a 26 mm Hemashield throughout. The patient has a large ascending aortic aneurysm and an aortic root aneurysm along with aortic insufficiency.

    Thanks in advance for your help!!

    Kris Felty CPC, CCC

  2. #2
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    Apr 2007
    Richardson, TX


    Hi Kris,

    Sounds like 33863. The difference between 33863 and 33864 is the aortic valve; 33863 includes valve replacement and 33864 the valve is not replaced but there is valve-sparing aortic root remodeling.

    Hope that helps,
    Julie Graham, BA, CPC, CCC

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    Thanks Julie!!!

    Kris Felty CPC, CCC

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