Popliteal Thrombectomy with Fem-pop Bypass. Is it Billable?

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Question:

During a fem-pop bypass a clot was dislodged and I had to do a popliteal thrombectomy. Is that separately billable?

Answer:

Any procedures performed to establish inflow and outflow during an open vascular procedure are included in the primary procedure. Therefore, a popliteal thrombectomy in the same extremity as a fem-pop bypass is included in the bypass code.


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