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Intercondylar fracture elbow

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    Could someone direct me a little with this coding situation? Doctor did and ORIF of an intercondylar elbow fracture with olecranon osteotomy. The code I keep going back to for the fractue is 24579, but I have not been able to find anything for the olecranon osteotomy. Thanks for whatever help anyone can provide.

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    Hi Kae,

    Just thinking out loud here...I'm leaning towards the doc having had to remove a portion of the olecranon to access the fracture (?) - this would be the olecranon osteotomy and if I am correct, then it becomes integral to the overall procedure that he/she is performing...hence, no coding or charging for this.

    It's kind of like driving on a road with no exit have to go from the beginning to the end. If a tree falls across the road, you are obligated to remove it to continue on your journey...

    Hope this is at least a little bit helpful.

    Have a good evening,


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    Thank you very much. Your analogy made the whole picture very clear.

  4. Default Intercondylar fracture elbow
    LOL - you are VERY welcome - I believe in keeping things as simple as possible because that is the only way to make an impression. I coded Orthopaedic Surgery for 15 years and I miss, watching the forums kind of keeps me in the loop.

    Have a wonderful day


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