January 19, 2017
OK, I’m still confused on the new codes. Can +22853 be used on the posterior spine? It talks about anterior instrumentation so it seems the code cannot be used for posterior procedures like a PLIF/TLIF.
The description for +22853 says it includes anterior instrumentation “when performed.” So if anterior instrumentation is not performed, such as in posterior procedures, then the code still applies. Bottom line is that the code applies to an interbody fusion whether the procedure is performed from an anterior, posterior or even lateral approach.
*This response is based on the best information available as of 01/19/17.