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Less than a 5% meniscectomy

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    Question Less than a 5% meniscectomy
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    Does anyone know how much of a meniscus has to be removed before you can code for the meniscectomy?

    Our surgeon performed an arthroscopically assisted anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction using patellar tendon autograft. He encountered a minimal tear of the lateral meniscal inner rim, which he excised using a basket forceps. "This was less than a 5% meniscectomy".

    Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by debiwill View Post
    Does anyone know how much of a meniscus has to be removed before you can code for the meniscectomy?

    Our surgeon performed an arthroscopically assisted anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction using patellar tendon autograft. He encountered a minimal tear of the lateral meniscal inner rim, which he excised using a basket forceps. "This was less than a 5% meniscectomy".

    Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks!
    I don't believe there is a set % of the meniscus to be documented. If there is I'd love to know..

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