AAPC - Back to school
Results 1 to 5 of 5

Thread: Short op-nte

  1. #1

    Question Short op-nte

    AAPC: Back to School
    can anyone assist me in coding this report? So far I have 29880

    1. Posterior horn medial meniscal tear.
    2. Grade 4 medial chondromalacia.
    3. Posterior horn lateral meniscal tear.
    4. Grade 2 lateral chondromalacia.
    5. Synovitis, medial and lateral gutter.
    6. Grade 4 patellofemoral, chondromalacia.
    7. Synovitis, patellofemoral joint.

    PROCEDURE: Excessive synovium noted in the medial, lateral, and patellofemoral and notch area was removed up by an upbiter, shaver, and Bovie cautery. This was found to bring in inflammatory tissue into the joint surface, a source of joint pain and dysfunction. Probing of the medial and lateral meniscus found tears, as described in the findings. These were removed with the upbiter, shaver, and taken back to the stable rim. Grade 2 to 3 degenerative changes were treated with a chondroplasty, removing all flaking surfaces with low setting Bovie along the periphery to prevent further flaking. Grade 4 changes, as noted, were treated with abrasionplasty, creating a bleeding surface at the bone-cartilage interface.


  2. #2


    I would use 29880, 29879 & G0289.

  3. #3


    why would you use G0289 & why wouldn't you bill 29876?

  4. #4


    29876 can be used with a modiifer to bypass the CCI edits (it bundles to 29880) and you'll need to check with your carrier as regards to using G0289 (Medicare preference) instead of 29877.

  5. #5


    Here is what i see: 29876,29880,29877 in the medial & lateral compartments and 29876 & 29877 in the patello-femoral. Is that what you see? Am I missing something?

    Thanks for all of your help!

Similar Threads

  1. Please help with short op-note
    By coders_rock! in forum Orthopaedics
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 08-18-2011, 07:47 AM
  2. Please help with short op-note!
    By coders_rock! in forum Orthopaedics
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 08-17-2011, 02:46 PM
  3. Short Stay -- HELP
    By Gemini18 in forum E/M
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 04-07-2009, 06:57 AM
  4. Looking for help on a course!!! short deadline and can't seem to get help
    By aapc in forum Medical Coding General Discussion
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: 10-17-2008, 11:56 AM

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.