VATS Procedure


January 12, 2012


I am new to general surgery coding this past December and have a surgeon who dictates his procedures as “VATS” Procedure. After doing some research, I understand this is an acronym for video assisted thoracic surgery. But, I can’t find specific CPT codes, so am wondering do I use an unlisted code?


Welcome to the world of general surgery coding and your life has been made a bit easier with the introduction of a new section in CPT 2012 and additionally new guidelines are introduced clarifying codes in the section specifically the various approaches for thoracic surgery. Refer to CPT codes 32601-32674 to answer your specific questions.