Endoscopic Zenker’s Diverticulum

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Question:  

How do I code for removal of a Zenker’s diverticulum when the procedure was performed endoscopically? Can I still use 43130 (Diverticulectomy of hypopharynx or esophagus, with or without myotomy; cervical approach)?

Answer:

There is no code for the endoscopic removal of the Zenker’s diverticulum as 43130 describes an open procedure. You will need to use an unlisted procedure code such as 43499 (Unlisted procedure, esophagus).