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Tendon Rupture Path May Support Distinct Procedure

Question: Our surgeon repaired a bimalleolar fracture and the posterior tibial tendon. The tendon was completely ruptured. What I am confused about is whether I can report the tendon repair with the fracture repair. What code should I report? Maine Subscriber Answer: You first need to check documentation for the pathology of the tendon rupture. You may report the pathology to imply [...]