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total knee scar and patellar button

Diane Posted Sat 13th of June, 2015 14:24:32 PM

What CPT codes would you use for excision copious cicatrix, lateral release, reinforcement of patellar tendon and addition of patellar button to total knee prosthesis? I have code 27425 for lateral release and 27380 for reinforcement of patellar tendon but I do not know what to use for the excision of the massive amounts of scar around the prosthesis and the cpt code for the patellar button addition.

SuperCoder Answered Mon 15th of June, 2015 11:43:39 AM

Well, the variety of CPT codes I have seen orthopedic surgeons bill for a procedure confirms that no existing codes accurately describe the surgery. So, unlisted code (CPT-27599) seems appropriate to bill for the given procedure.

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