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Look For the Bundle in Chondroplasty and Debridement

Question: How do we report the following procedure in shoulder surgery?"Arthroscopy anterior and posterior capsule labrum reconstruction with removal large loose body, debridement of labrum, glenohumeral chondroplasty."New York SubscriberAnswer: You code 29806 (Arthroscopy, shoulder, surgical; capsulorrhaphy) for the Bankhart/labrum reconstruction and 29819 (Arthroscopy, shoulder, surgical; with removal of loose body or foreign body) for the removal of loose body only IF the loose body is 5 mm or greater. The chondroplasty and debridement are bundled in 29819.