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    Question Arthroscopic Resection of Biceps Tendon

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    I need help! I can not find a code for an Arthroscopic resection of Biceps Tendon. I can find an open 23440. Any help would be great.


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    You may find this helpful. This is from the Coding Alert publication Reader Questions: Biceps Tenotomy May Require Unlisted

    Question: Our physician performed a rotator cuff repair, subacromial decompression, limited debridement and biceps tenotomy through the arthroscope on a patient’s shoulder. Which code should we report for the arthroscopic biceps tenotomy?

    New York Subscriber

    Answer: CPT does not yet include a code that describes arthroscopic biceps tenotomy. Most coders report the unlisted-procedure code 29999 (Unlisted procedure, arthroscopy) for this procedure and use 23440 (Resection or transplantation of long tendon of biceps) as a comparison code.

    Tip: If the surgeon performs the tenotomy as a mini-open procedure, you can report 23440 instead of the unlisted-procedure code.

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    Thanks this is very helpful!!


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