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ICD-9 code for "retained hardware"

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    Default ICD-9 code for "retained hardware"
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    I am looking for an ICD-9 code for "retained hardware". The patient has had and ACL graft, it is for the screws from the graft into the bone.
    Thanks

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    I usually used a complication code. My physician retaines the hardware when his patients is having a complication, such as an internal implant orthopedic device (996.49) There is a wide range of complication codes that pertains to the specific condition. I hope this helps!

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    If the hardware removal is planned, then the appropriate code would be
    V54.01. If the removal is due to a complication then you would resort to the 996.XX codes.

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    i agree with mbort!

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    That is correct V54.01 is correct. I would use this code as the secondary code and the reason code for the primary code as to why the patient has the hardware...ex fracture.

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