AAPC - Back to school
Results 1 to 5 of 5

Thread: Coding Help - New to Urology

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Apr 2007

    Default Coding Help - New to Urology

    AAPC: Back to School
    Hoping someone can help me to confirm my coding for the following op report. I am new to Urology coding and would just like to get some feedback as to whether or not I am coding correctly.

    I am coding the following report with CPT Codes - 52353, 52352-59, 52332, & possibly 52341 for the dilation. Not sure if I am able to capture the dilation code, does not show bundled according to CCI edits.

    Thanks in advance for your help : )

    PREOPERATIVE DIAGNOSIS: Left distal nephrolithiasis.
    POSTOPERATIVE DIAGNOSIS: Left distal nephrolithiasis.
    OPERATION PERFORMED: Cystourethroscopy, left ureteroscopy, laser
    lithotripsy, left retrograde pyelogram, and left stent placement.
    BLOOD LOSS: Minimal.
    DRAINS: A 6 x 24 double-J stent.
    INDICATION FOR PROCEDURE: Jane Doe is a 42-year-old female with a history of severe left flank pain and left flank hydronephrosis and with
    impacted 5 to 6 mm left distal stone. She failed conservative therapy and
    decided to proceed with surgical intervention.

    DESCRIPTION OF PROCEDURE: Informed consent was obtained from the patient.
    She was then taken back to the operative suite. Anesthesia was induced
    without incident. She was given perioperative antibiotics. She was placed
    in dorsal lithotomy position, prepped and draped in the usual sterile
    fashion. At this point in time, a cystoscope was inserted into the
    patients bladder. The urethra was normal without any evidence of masses,
    strictures, or lesions. Circumferential examination of the bladder showed
    no mucosal abnormalities. Both ureteral orifices were orthotopic and the
    right orifice was effluxing clear urine. The left ureteral orifice was
    identified and a gentle retrograde pyelogram was shot showing moderate
    hydroureteronephrosis. A sensor tip guidewire was advanced up into the left
    renal pelvis. At this point in time, the cystoscope was exchanged for the
    ureteroscope and the ureteroscope was advanced into the distal ureter. There
    was a fair amount of edema in the ureter required dilatation with the
    ureteral access sheath. Once we had adequately dilated the distal ureter,
    the ureteroscope was reinserted and the stone was visualized. It was
    approximately 5 to 6 mm in size. Using the 265 micron holmium laser fiber,
    the stone was ablated into small fragments. These were extracted with the
    Nitinol stone basket and sent to pathology for chemical analysis. A
    completion ureteroscopy showed no evidence of residual calculi.
    Postprocedure retrograde pyelogram shows no extravasation of urine. The
    ureteroscope was removed. A 6 x 24 double-J ureteral stent was advanced up
    into the renal pelvis under fluoroscopic and direct vision. There was good
    curl in the renal pelvis and the bladder. The bladder was then drained and
    the patient returned to the post anesthesia care unit in stable condition.

    Thanks again,

  2. #2


    I would 52353, 52332 and 74420-26.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Apr 2007


    I agree with the above poster.

  4. #4

    Default CCI Edits

    Can someone explain in layman's terms the difference between Column 1 and Column 2?

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Apr 2007


    if there were a second stone removed by stone basket-we code 52353, 52352-59, 52332, 74420-26

Similar Threads

  1. New to Urology coding
    By anne42 in forum Urology
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 04-13-2015, 07:37 PM
  2. Urology coding need help...
    By nbutts25 in forum Urology
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 07-26-2012, 11:39 AM
  3. urology coding help, new to urology
    By kerileigh in forum Urology
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 06-09-2011, 11:37 AM
  4. Urology Coding
    By Belarm3 in forum Medical Coding General Discussion
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 01-14-2008, 09:39 PM
  5. help urology coding
    By tmoore in forum Medical Coding General Discussion
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: 01-11-2008, 01:26 PM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts

Enjoying Our Forums?

AAPC forums are a benefit of membership. Joining AAPC grants you unlimited access, allowing you to post questions and participate with our community of over 150,000 professionals.

Join Now Continue Reading Without Full Access

Already a Member?


Close Message

In addition to full participation on AAPC forums, as a member you will be able to:

  • Access to the largest healthcare job database in the world.
  • Join over 150,000 members of the healthcare network in the world.
  • Be a part of an industry leading organization that drives the business side of healthcare.
  • Save anywhere from 10%-50% with exclusive member discounts on courses, books, study materials, and conferences.
  • Access to discounts at hundreds of restaurants, travel destinations, retail stores, and service providers. AAPC members also have opportunities to save on heath, life, and liability insurance.
  • Become a member of a local chapter and attend regular meetings.