Home » Categories » CPT Surgery/APC Coding

Can Opener Capsulotomy for Cataract Extraction


Patient comes in to have cataract surgery PHACOEMULSIFICATION left eye with insertion of Alxon Posterior Chamber intoaocular lens.  An addendum was dictated saying the capsularhexis was begun but could not be completed so it had to be converted to a can opener capsulotmy; however the nucleus was removed without difficulty and some peripheral cortical remnants were left because of the can opener capsulotomy but the lens was inserted into the capsular bag and appeared well stabilized. Would this be coded the same as a regualr cataract procedure using cpt 66984 or should this be coded a different way?


The procedure is still a cataract extraction with lens implant.  The only other choice would be to use the complex code 66982 but the surgeon does not describe the procedure as complex and does not describe any of the components of the complex code.  There is a good resource on our website about the complex code 66982.  You can find it by doing a search using "66982" as the keyword.

Disclaimer: All articles intended for general guidance only and not as a recommendation for a specific situation. Readers should consult an official source (AHA, AMA, etc.) or a qualified attorney for specific legal guidance.
Attachments Attachments
There are no attachments for this article.
Related Articles RSS Feed
Foley Catheter Placement - Outpatient Therapuetics
Viewed 5572 times since Fri, Feb 11, 2011
Viewed 882 times since Wed, Jun 20, 2012
Identification Of Bilateral Transforaminal Epidural Injections-64483
Viewed 3737 times since Thu, Feb 3, 2011
Arterial Puncture
Viewed 9241 times since Wed, Dec 26, 2012
Cancelled Surgery-Failed intubation
Viewed 3181 times since Tue, May 3, 2011
Hernia and Appendectomy Performed
Viewed 8968 times since Wed, Feb 15, 2012
Thrombus of Porcine Heart Valve
Viewed 2399 times since Tue, Nov 6, 2012
Nasal Packing, Initial or Subsequent
Viewed 7604 times since Fri, Jul 22, 2011
Modifier 74 for Colonoscopy
Viewed 2701 times since Tue, Dec 27, 2011
Pinch Graft to Nose
Viewed 2154 times since Tue, Nov 16, 2010
Quorum Health Resources, LLC :: 105 Continental Place Brentwood, TN 37027 :: Phone: (615) 371-4506