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Leave Synovectomy Code Off Arthrotomy Claim

Question: My physician performed a right knee arthrotomy revision with a single-component exchange of polyethylene along with an extensive synovectomy. The operative note states: "Once the knee was opened, the knee was flexed and cultures were taken. Synovitis was encountered. We cleaned the suprapatellar fossa, medial and lateral gutters. We did remove the 10 poly, this allowed us access to [...]