July 28, 2022
Can code 20680, removal of implant, be used for removal of a previously placed intervertebral device, such as a PEEK cage?
No. There is no code for removal of an intervertebral device – this would be part of an exploration of arthrodesis or new arthrodesis, if performed. Do not use 20680 (removal of implant) for removing spine instrumentation.
*This response is based on the best information available as of 07/28/22.