Use of Ultrasonic Aspirator with Brain Tumor Removal

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July 21, 2016

Question:
My doctor while doing a craniectomy for tumor removal, along with using the microscope and Brain lab navigation, is using the ultrasonic aspirator to remove tissue. Can I bill for this? I don’t see a CPT code.

Answer:
Good question! Use of an aspirator to remove tissue is not separately reportable which is why you can’t find a CPT code for the service. The brain tumor removal codes include removing the tumor regardless of how you do it (e.g., with ultrasonic aspirator, without ultrasonic aspirator, suction, scalpel).

*This response is based on the best information available as of 07/21/16.

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