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Knee lateral release 29873

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    He did a lateral release and he also did a partial synovectomy around the patella. "Synovectomy was carried out around the patella removing all inflamed synovium." The synovectomy is included in the 29873, is that correct? I am new to this and it is not exactly clear what is bundled to me. I see it is a "separate procedure". Thank you for your help.

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    Yes, I would say synovectomy would be included in 29873.

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    no it is not included because the synvectomy took place in a different compartment of the knee. I think it is billable!

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    I would bundle 29875 w/ 29873
    Sounds like both procedures done in same area

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    can you post the note for this case? These can go either way depending on documentation.

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