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Debridement of Ganglion Cyst

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    My Dr did an arthroscopic surgery where all he did was debridement of the ganglion cyst adjacent to the PCL and ACL and removed any ganglion-like fluid that had came from it. Ive coded for removal of the ganglion cyst but this is the first Ive come across where he just debrided it. Would I code this as 29877?

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    Yes you are correct...use debridement code.

    Nalini CPC

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    No, I am sorry, 29877 is not correct in my openion. It is a code for debridement of an ARTICULAR CARTILAGE . Ganglion is not cartilage.

    I would more closely give the code 29874- for removal of loose body or foreign body (eg)...... Ganglion near that joint can be considered as loose body .
    Again removal enmass or in piece mils or as debridement of a ganglion cyst is going more towards "excision of the ganglion by arthroscopic procedure.
    If there was infection/- and he drained it (ASPIRATION), you could go for 29871- infection, lavage and drainage, AFTER enquiring him about whether he did lavage and drainage of the infected ganglion. I fthis is ruled out then , it has all the more merits for 29874.
    Would this help you better.
    Last edited by preserene; 06-05-2011 at 10:43 PM.

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