Results 1 to 2 of 2

Is it possible?

  1. Default Is it possible?
    Clearnace Sale
    To use a wire suture as a fracture fixation?

    Dr reports a "Terrible Triad Injury" which is, per the Op Note, Radial head fx, coroniodprocess avulsion fx and collateral ligament disruption. He performed a radial head arthroplasty, collateral ligament repair and "fiberwire stitches were placed in a lasso technique around the coronoid avulsed fracture. The fracture was then reduced along with the capsule aid in repairing the anterior oblique fibers of the medial collateral ligament as they inserted into the anterior capsule."

    Any ideas about coding this? I'm thinking it's internal fixation (24685) but I think of screws, plates, pins, wires, etc as internal fixation...No easy coding on a Friday!
    Bruce Crandall, CPC
    North Carolina Specialty Hospital
    Durham, NC

  2. #2
    Greater Pittsburgh
    My thoughts are 24666 -radial head replacement for fracture.
    24685 -open treatment- includes internal fix when performed, I think the key here is when.
    24345 - collateral ligamet repair, if medial ligament.
    jdemar, CPC, CMA

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
Enjoying Our Forums?

AAPC forums are a benefit of membership. Joining AAPC grants you unlimited access, allowing you to post questions and participate with our community of over 150,000 professionals.

Join Now Continue Reading Without Full Access

Already a Member?


Close Message

In addition to full participation on AAPC forums, as a member you will be able to:

  • Access to the largest healthcare job database in the world.
  • Join over 150,000 members of the healthcare network in the world.
  • Be a part of an industry leading organization that drives the business side of healthcare.
  • Save anywhere from 10%-50% with exclusive member discounts on courses, books, study materials, and conferences.
  • Access to discounts at hundreds of restaurants, travel destinations, retail stores, and service providers. AAPC members also have opportunities to save on heath, life, and liability insurance.
  • Become a member of a local chapter and attend regular meetings.