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Incising bony bumps after Menisectomy

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    You're going to need a DX code for the lateral meniscus.

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    I know I am going to query the surgeon in order to get my dx. He did not mention the lateral meniscus..... but he did the lateral menisectomy so he should have a reason why he did that.. wouldn't you think?

    Thanks so much. sometimes you just need to take a step back.


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    You probably should give some more thought to coding the chondroplasty of the patella. What NYYankees was saying is that because the ACL and PCL are accessed through the Patellofemoral compartment the debridement could be considered inclusive by the carrier. Recently I've been seeing both the chondroplasty, 29877, and the ACL debridement, 29999, coded together and I think it's partially based on the information coders are accessing here:

    Based on the op note you posted, the surgeon did a chondroplasty of the patellofemoral compartment which I would code along with 29880.

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    thanks I will

    I always like documentation...

    Thanks again...

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