Orthopedic Coding Alert

Correction: Report 26356 for FPL Repair

- Published on Sun, Jul 30, 2006

In our March 2006 reader question -Include Volar Plate Repair in CPT 26370 - we advised that you should report 26370 (Repair or advancement of profundus tendon, with intact superficialis tendon; primary, each tendon) for a flexor pollicus longus (FPL) repair. That advice was wrong. In fact, the correct code for repair of the FPL tendon is 26356 (Repair or advancement, flexor tendon, in zone 2 digital flexor tendon sheath [e.g., no-man's land]; primary, without free graft, each tendon).
If you repair the flexor digitorum profundus (FDP) with an intact flexor digitorum superficialis (FDS), you should report 26370. We apologize for the error.

Orthopedic Coding Alert
Issue - Jul, 2006
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