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    Question Excision of bursa, metatarsophalangeal joint

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    Post Op: Inflamed bursa, right first metatarsophalangeal joint
    (path dx: mild chronic inflamed bursa)
    Procedure: Excision of bursa, right first metatarsophalangeal joint


    A skin skribe was used to delineate a 3 cm long incision along the medial aspect of the first metatarsophalangeal joint. The incision was carried deep to the level of the soft tissue structure, which was clearly extracapsular in its nature. Some gouty tophus was found around a large nodular structure that clearly coincided with both the ultrasound and preoperative MRI. The structure was removed from its attachment to the subcutaneous tissues and found to be quite mobile. It was also attached very intermittently with the plantar medial aspect of the metatarsophalangeal joint capsule. No additional gouty tophus was encountered with debridement and did not appear to be any additional tophi to the surrounding tissues. The mass was removed in toto and removed from the field. It was sent for pathology. The area was flushed with copious amounts of saline with additional insepection and no additional foreign objects were found. The skin was then closed with interrupted horizontal mattress sutures utilizing 4-0 nylon.

    I was looking at 28022 at first, but now I am second guessing myself. Any help on this one is greatly appreciated. Thank you!!
    Last edited by bethh05; 03-23-2009 at 07:57 AM. Reason: typo

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    see what you think about 28090?

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    I did look at that one, too. Do you think the documentation supports this code, being the mass was attached to the joint capsule also? Thank You

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    Thumbs up Excision of bursa, foot

    Yes CPT 28090 for excision of inflamed bursa in metatarsophalangeal joint seems to be apt one
    Last edited by Sowsan; 04-30-2009 at 05:33 AM.

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    What about 11420?

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