ORIF Scaphoid with bone graft

suchang78

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Dx: Scaphoid proximal pole fracture, 5-6 weeks old
Procedure: ORIF scaphoid with the bone graft ( obtained from radius)
Should I code it as 25628 ( ORIF scaphoid ) or 25440 - Nonunion scaphoid included bone graft and fixation?
Should I query the surgeon to clarify if the fracture is nonunion?
 

Orthocoderpgu

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5 - 6 weeks of healing is a bit early to decide if it is non-union or mal-union. I would ask the physician just to make sure. Without the physician specifically stating non-union or mal-union I would use the ORIF codes. That would be a good rule of thumb to go by.
 

suchang78

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5 - 6 weeks of healing is a bit early to decide if it is non-union or mal-union. I would ask the physician just to make sure. Without the physician specifically stating non-union or mal-union I would use the ORIF codes. That would be a good rule of thumb to go by.
I am appreciated your reply.
 
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