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    Hi coders, I need help with some elbow surgeries. The surgeon did a couple this week and I'm lost..If both the olecranon and coronoid processes are treated open..do I use the 24685 twice? In one surgery he had all of this:
    op tx elbow fracture-dislocation
    radial head replacement
    op tx proximal olecranon of ulna
    op tx coronoid fx proximal ulna
    common extensor tendon repair w local tissue
    lateral collateral ligament repair w local tissue
    primary repair of anterior capsule

    I'm thinking a lot of this is inclusive and I'm looking at billing the radial head replacement 24366, the fracture 24685 (possi 2), collateral ligament 24343 :
    I don't know what to do about the capsule repair and the dislocation elbow treatment. any ideas?? If I get an answer on this one, I think I can figure out the other elbow surgery. Any ideas??? thanks, Paula

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    Columbus, Ohio


    Good morning coders, I still need help with this question. I don't have access to the ortho surgeon to question him and I rely on this forum for feedback. Can anyone offer any ideas?? Thanks, Paula

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