You Be the Coder: Medial Retinaculum- Published on Mon, Jan 01, 2001 Updated on Wed, Oct 01, 2014
Question: What is the correct code for an open repair of the medial retinaculum? The diagnosis is traumatic disruption of the medial retinaculum s/p total knee arthroplasty. Answer:
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CPT does not have a definitive code for an open repair of the medial retinaculum (the closest is 27425 lateral retinacular release any method
). CPT states that if there is not a code that specifically identifies the procedure performed it is appropriate to use the unlisted procedure code. Since this procedure is performed on the knee 27599 (unlisted procedure femur or knee
) would be appropriate. Whenever an unlisted procedure code is charged a copy of the operative report should be sent along with the claim form to ensure appropriate reimbursement.