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Hardware broken following bunionectomy?

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    Original bunionectomy was done a month prior to this. The surgeon removed the broken staple and then did a realignment followed by K wire fixation.
    Would you go to an unlisted code (28899)? Any thoughts?
    Last edited by writecode; 02-09-2009 at 02:54 PM.
    Becky L Prunty CPC-H

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    Quote Originally Posted by writecode View Post
    Original bunionectomy was done a month prior to this. The surgeon removed the broken staple and then did a realignment followed by K wire fixation.
    Would you go to an unlisted code (28899)? Any thoughts?

    I would need to see the note for this case. You will definitely have the 20680 for the removal of hardware..until I see the note, I wouldnt be able to help with the fixation (but I do not believe that it has to be unlisted..depends on the documentation)

    Mary, CPC, COSC

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