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Thread: Microfracture shoulder with extensive debridement

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    Question Microfracture shoulder with extensive debridement

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    Hello coders, I've been reading the questions in the forum about arthroscopic microfracture. I read to use an unlisted code and compare it to the knee microfracture. But if the surgeon did 29826, 29824, and 29823 at the same time, would it be bundled in the 29823? I feel like it part of the extensive debridement but would like your opinion. Thanks so much, Paula

    from op report:
    An anterior portal was created through the
    interval using an outside-in technique. A shaver was used to
    extensively debride the joint and labrum. The shaver was then taken
    to complete a chondroplasty on the cartilage lesion on the glenoid.
    Microfracture awls were used to complete a microfracture in the glenoid
    to help stimulate some healing. Remainder of the debris was irrigated
    out with shaver. The rotator cuff was debrided as well with the shaver.

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    the microfracture does fall under 29823

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