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Repair of Coracoclavicular Ligament is Inclusive in 23550

Question: If our surgeon performed an ORIF for a distal clavicle dislocation and also repaired the coracoclavicular ligaments, what should we report?Indiana SubscriberAnswer: Since your surgeon is doing an open repair on the distal clavicular segment, you may look at 23550 (Open treatment of acromioclavicular dislocation, acute or chronic) and 23552 (Open treatment of acromioclavicular dislocation, acute or chronic; with fascial graft [includes obtaining graft]).   The code 23550 is inclusive of the repair of the coracoclavicular ligaments.


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