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Baker's Cyst of the Knee

  1. Unhappy Baker's Cyst of the Knee
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    I am having trouble coding a decompression of a Baker's Cyst during Arthroscopic surgery. It is being done with a spinal needle. I was wondering if you could code a 20610 for aspiration. Sounds right to me but thought I would get someone else's opinion.
    Last edited by skrupicki; 07-12-2009 at 04:10 PM.

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    If the aspiration of the cyst in the knee was performed arthroscopically i believe you would use the unlisted arthroscopy code 29999, as their is no arthroscopic code for the aspiration of cyst in knee.




    Leah

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    It sounds to me like it might have been "incidental" during the surgery. What was the arthroscopy for? Did the physician just happen to find it while he was in there or did he go in there specifically looking for it?

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    I would have to agree and say this sounds incidental to the prime arthroscopic procedure.

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    Well....Because he is actually decompressing the cyst with a spinal needle and not through the arthroscopic port...it could be coded seperately...yes? And it is not technically an arthroscpic procedure so you wouldn't use an arthroscopic unlisted code, right?

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    Quote Originally Posted by sheston View Post
    Well....Because he is actually decompressing the cyst with a spinal needle and not through the arthroscopic port...it could be coded seperately...yes? And it is not technically an arthroscpic procedure so you wouldn't use an arthroscopic unlisted code, right?
    that is correct. You would use the 20610 w/59 modifier and of course the bakers cyst dx only for this line item.

    BUT....before doing that...Was it an incidental finding? or a planned procedure???? This is going to be the determining factor of billable or not billable.
    Mary, CPC, CANPC, COSC

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