VATS Procedure

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January 12, 2012

Question:

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?

Answer:

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.