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Orthopedic Coding Alert

Reader Question: Tendon Repair


- Published on Mon, Jul 01, 2002

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Question: The orthopedist's operative report for a patient with a peroneus brevis tendon tear says, Exploration and repair of peroneus brevis and peroneus longus tendons" left ankle." Which CPT code should we use for this?

Michigan Subscriber

Answer: Because the orthopedist repaired two flexor tendons you should bill 28200 (Repair tendon flexor foot; primary or secondary without free graft each tendon) twice indicating the two tendons repaired. Since the code descriptor refers to "each tendon " you shouldn't have a problem reporting two units of the code.

 

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