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Orthopedic Coding Alert

Reader Question:

Count Each Tendon Repaired in Finger

Question: In a patient who was diagnosed a zone 1 laceration of the left index finger, our surgeon did a repair of FDP tendon with a button pull-out technique. How can we report this procedure?Kansas SubscriberAnswer: For the repair of the profundus tendon, you report code 26370 (Repair or advancement of profundus tendon, with intact superficialis tendon; primary, each tendon) -- F1. You will also report the ICD-9 code 883.2 (Open wound of fingers with tendon involvement).

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