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    Question Comparison code needed for trephination

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    Arthroscopically my surgeon is doing a medial meniscectomy and also a trephination of the meniscus. This is reducing the pressure and producing "bleeding in the region". Is this considered same as pick arthroplasty, 29879?

    Mary (mbort) stated to use Unlisted 29999.

    Does anyone have a comparison code for this procedure? Please!!! [/FONT]

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    Greater Pittsburgh


    I compare it to 29882 or 29883, because it's the meniscus.
    jdemar, CPC, CMA

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    How can you compare it to a repair if a repair is not made? Also 29880 medial meniscectomy is bundled in 29882. I still would not be able to code for the trephination, which is clearly more work than a straight medial mensicectomy but not as much work as the medial meniscus repair.

    Please help.

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