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    Default Knee exam under anesthesia

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    I am not sure what code to use for the following....OP note states...
    An examination under anesthesia was performed of the left knee. There was a large hemarthrosis. There was swelling laterally. The knee did open somewhat laterally as well as tend to sublux anteriorly as she had a small avulsion fracture noted on x-ray. There was not gross instability and I could not recreate a knee dislocation. There was laxity laterally and to the posterolateral corner.
    DX: Ligamentous injury to the left knee

    Thanks for your help

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    Was that a Scope? If so, I would use 29870 since it sounds like there really was not that much done.

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    This was not a scope

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    Lincoln, NE


    Your provider states "could not recreate a knee dislocation". Was he/she manipulating the knee - 27570?

    Julie, CPC

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