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Compare Extensive Versus Limited Debridement

Question: I’m not sure if I should use the extensive debridement code or the limited debridement code. My provider performed a labral debridement, articular shaving and chondroplasty, with a diagnostic arthroscopy. That sounds extensive to me, so should I use the extensive code 29823 or the limited code 29822? Idaho Subscriber Answer: Your surgeon must include the qualifying terms “limited” or “extensive” [...]