Table 1

CPT® Codes Used in the First Survey.

CPT® CodeDescriptionWorkRVUs*
22015Incision and drainage, open, of deep abscess (subfascial), posterior spine; lumbar, sacral, or lumbosacral12.64
22554Arthrodesis, anterior interbody technique, including minimal discectomy to prepare interspace (other than for decompression); cervical below C217.69
27280Arthrodesis, sacroiliac joint (including obtaining graft), open14.64
62287Decompression procedure, percutaneous, of nucleus pulposus of intervertebral disc, any method utilizing needle based technique to remove disc material under fluoroscopic imaging or other form of indirect visualization, with the use of an endoscope, with discography and/or epidural in-jection(s) at the treated level(s), when performed, single or multiple levels, lumbar9.03
62292Injection procedure for chemonucleosis, including discography, intervertebral disc, single or multiple levels, lumbar9.24
63030Laminotomy (hemilaminectomy), with decompression of nerve root(s), including partial facetectomy, foraminotomy and/or excision of herniated intervertebral disc; 1 interspace, lumbar13.18
63620Stereotactic radiosurgery (particle beam, gamma ray, or linear accelerator), 1 spinal lesion15.60
63655Laminectomy for implantation of neurostimulator electrodes, plate/paddle, epidural10.92
63662Removal of spinal neurostimulator electrode plate/paddle(s) placed via laminotomy or laminectomy, including fluoroscopy, when performed11.00
63663Revision including replacement, when performed, of spinal neurostimulator electrode percutaneous array(s), including fluoroscopy, when performed7.75
27279 Sacroiliac joint stabilization for arthrodesis, percutaneous or minimally invasive (indirect visualization), with image guidance including bone graft when performed, and placement of transfixing device (short descriptor: Arthrodesis, sacroiliac joint) 9.03**
  • * Representative of 2014 work RVU. Source: RBRVS Data Manager 2014.

  • ** Not included in the regression analysis; the RVUs were estimated by regression analysis.