This is a different procedure, but the principle is the same. It is from CPT Assistant-Fall 1994:
Code 19101 describes a breast biopsy obtained through an incision. The physician makes an incision into the skin near the area of the lesion. The mass is visualized and a small piece of tissue (specimen) is removed. Many times, this specimen is examined immediately by frozen section. If the lesion is found to be malignant, another more extensive procedure may be performed at the same operative setting. If the entire lesion itself is removed (an â€śexcisional biopsyâ€ť), code 19120 would be reported instead of 19101.
There are a lot of other citations with the same guidance but I thought you might want CPT Asst as a reference for your doctor.
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