Radiofrequency Destruction

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June 23, 2016

Question:
Our physician performs Radiofrequency destruction of L2, L3 and L4 paravertebral facet joint nerves using fluoroscopy for pain management. What CPT code should I use?

Answer:
Report CPT code 63635 (Destruction by neurolytic agent, paravertebral facet joint nerve(s), with imaging guidance (fluoroscopy or CT); lumbar or sacral, single facet joint) and 64636 for each additional facet joint. Fluoroscopic guidance is included in this procedure and is not reported separately.

*This response is based on the best information available as of 06/23/16.