Reader Question: Ankle Fusion- Published on Fri, Jun 01, 2001
Question: What is the most accurate way of coding an arthroscopic ankle fusion? Should I submit the unlisted procedure code (29909) with documentation, or use 27870?
California Subscriber Answer:
Although you should not usually report the CPT code for an open procedure to describe a procedure performed arthroscopically, in this case 27870 (arthrodesis, ankle, any method
) is appropriate. The last two words in the description of the procedure, any method, allow you to report the code regardless of the surgical approach used.