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    I LIKE 22533 FOR LUMBAR XLIF...ANY ONE AGREE OR DISAGREE??
    IF DONT AGREE..WHAT IS 22533 USED FOR??? IT IS A LATERAL APPROACH.
    I KEEP FINDING INFO STATING TO CODE 22558!!!
    Last edited by moodymom; 09-13-2011 at 11:00 AM.

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    I use 22533 for the extra cav when it is used as a corpectomy with a fusion - the surgeon literally has to go all the way around the spine but approaches it laterally. If he states that he used this approach you know it is a complex procedure as he resects the vertebral column and is used with the primary fusion and lamis. He probably also does osteo's - it is a HUGE surgery.

    22558 is an anterior lumbar fusion which is different as only the approach is made through the abdomen which is very simple compared to the above. Let me know if you need any more help

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    Thank you!!

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    I agree, it is not appropriate to use the lateral extracavitary codes, you would use 22558.

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