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Draw the Line Between Reconstruction And Repair

Question: Our surgeon performed a left knee medial collateral ligament reconstruction. We are looking at 27405, but we aren’t sure if this is accurate. What code should we use? Tennessee Subscriber Answer: Code 27405 (Repair, primary, torn ligament and/or capsule, knee; collateral) would be accurate if the physician performed a repair, but it’s not the right code for a reconstruction with graft. [...]

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