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Debridement vs. Menisectomy

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    Okay, need help. What is the difference, if any, between a debridement of the meniscus and a menisectomy?


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    Debridement/shaving articular cartilage chrondroplasty)....cartilage is debrided with a shaver, 29877.

    Meniscectomy (includes any meniscal shaving)...torn meniscus fragments are removed with angled scissors, motorized cutter, or punch forceps. The remaining intact menisucs is trimmed and contorured, 29880, 29881.
    jdemar, CPC, CMA

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    Quote Originally Posted by conroy22 View Post
    Okay, need help. What is the difference, if any, between a debridement of the meniscus and a menisectomy?

    If they are debriding the meniscus, there is no difference, they are still removing a piece/sliver/ etc the meniscus..its still 29881
    Mary, CPC, CANPC, COSC

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