July 6, 2023
For a patient with a diagnosis of lumbar radiculopathy, the surgeon performed a L3-L4 laminectomy with bilateral foraminotomy. She also removed some disc at the same level. Can both 63047 and 63030-59 be billed?
For a laminectomy at a single interspace/motion segment, only one code may be reported. In the case described above, the laminectomy for stenosis, 63047, is the only code reported. The disc removal is inclusive. And remember, laminectomy codes are diagnosis driven. A more specific diagnosis for the cause of the radiculopathy stenosis for example, should be added.
*This response is based on the best information available as of 07/06/23.