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Orthopedic Coding Alert


Consider 26615 for Osteoclasis

Question: Our orthopedic surgeon performed open osteoclasis to treat a right proximal fifth metacarpal fracture. Which code should we report for our surgeon's work on this procedure?

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Answer: It might help your coding selection to know the definition of osteoclasis. This procedure involves the manipulation of a fracture that surgeons perform to correct the bone alignment.

During osteoclasis, the surgeon manually re-breaks the bone and re-aligns it.
If your surgeon performs osteoclasis as an open procedure, you should report 26615 (Open treatment of metacarpal fracture, single, with or without internal or external fixation, each bone).

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