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Arthroscopic Excision of a Shoulder Bursa

Question: How should I code an arthroscopic excision of a bursa in the shoulder when surgical notes state that the physician did not perform a decompression? Alabama Subscriber Answer: Your code choice will depend on whether your physician performed a limited or extensive excision: 29822-- Arthroscopy, shoulder, surgical; debridement, limited 29823-- ... debridement, extensive. The debridement often requires an acromioplasty, [...]

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