CPT 23700: Shoulder Manipulation With Anesthesia
When reporting CPT® 23700 Manipulation under anesthesia, shoulder joint, including application of fixation apparatus (dislocation excluded) general anesthesia—not local, moderate sedation, etc., is required. Per CPT Assistant (April 2005):
CPT code 23700 is intended to be reported for the manipulation only when performed under general anesthesia. The code descriptors, which include the phrase “requiring anesthesia” or “under anesthesia,” indicate that the work involved in that specific procedure requires the use of general anesthesia; therefore, it would not be appropriate to report code 23700 if general anesthesia is not provided.
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