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menisectomy vs. meniscus repair

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    I have an op note with bilateral menisectomies and the first knee looked to me to be a bit more extensive than simply a menisectomy. What do I need to look for in order to differentiate between the two?

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    For bilateral menisectomies 29880 dr removes torn fragments, and in bilateral repairs 29883 you just repair the tears with sutures you dont remove anything.

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    For a menisectomy you will see words like, debride, excise, shaving.

    For a repair you could see some of those words above but then you should see something with a suture, anchor, fiberwire, etc that the surgeon used for a repair.

    Hope this helps,
    Mary, CPC, CANPC, COSC

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