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  1. Question mal-union & non-union
    Medical Coding Books
    The ICD-9 codes for mal-union and non-union (733.81 - 733.82) state
    "fracture." Can these be used for a non-union or mal-union of an osteotomy? If not, what would be the best way to code this condition?
    Thanks to anyone who can help out.

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    I would absolutely go with the codes you listed for mal-union and non-union by virtue of the fact that the osteotomy is an intentional "fracturing" "breaking" "severing" of a bone(s) to accomplish the outcome desired. Unfortunately, bones don't always behave the way we expect and heal nicely - sometimes they just don't cooperate.

    Have a good one

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    Quote Originally Posted by AuntJoyce View Post
    I would absolutely go with the codes you listed for mal-union and non-union by virtue of the fact that the osteotomy is an intentional "fracturing" "breaking" "severing" of a bone(s) to accomplish the outcome desired. Unfortunately, bones don't always behave the way we expect and heal nicely - sometimes they just don't cooperate.

    Have a good one
    Thanks Auntjoyce!! I was leaning that way, but just needed a bit of confirmation that the osteotomy would be considered a fracture. I appreciate your time and help.

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