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Radial Artery Harvest

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    We have a new physician and he does the Endoscopic Radial Artery harvest for use when doing heart bypass surgery. I can not find any clarification on what is the correct code. The 35600 is for a open harvest of radial artery.The 33508 is for endoscopic harvest of veins and then there is a35500, harvest of upper extremity Vein. Is there a code that I am not seeing? Any suggestion would be appreciated!


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    I would think that 35600 (Harvest of upper extremity artery, one segment, for coronary artery bypass procedure (List separately in addition to code for primary procedure) would be the correct code.

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    Yes the 35600 code is what we use. I asked at the annual STS meeting and they stated no matter the appraoch use 35600 for the Radial Harvesting

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