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Outpatient Facility Coding Alert

Reader Question:
Make Proper Distinctions Between Myringoplasty, Tympanoplasty

Question: What’s the difference between a tympanoplasty and a myringoplasty? I was under the impression they were interchangeable terms. Vermont Subscriber Answer: That’s not exactly accurate. When the physician performs surgery to repair the tympanic membrane, but leaves the ossicular chain intact, you’ve got what’s known as a type I tympanoplasty. This procedure is also known as a myringoplasty. When [...]