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    I need help with a hip spacer replacement. Would I bill the hip revision or woud I bill the spacer replacement. Please see below. Thanks.




    PREOPERATIVE DIAGNOSIS(ES): Periprosthetic infection, right hip;
    right total hip arthroplasty.

    POSTOPERATIVE DIAGNOSIS(ES): Periprosthetic infection, right hip;
    right total hip arthroplasty.

    PROCEDURE(S) PERFORMED: Irrigation, debridement, and liner and head
    exchange.

    SURGEON: x

    ASSISTANT: x

    ANESTHESIA: General.

    COMPLICATIONS: None.

    IMPLANT: Polyethylene acetabular liner 36 mm neutral with a +4 offset
    and a 36 mm +15.5 femoral head.

    DRAINS: 2 Hemovac drains.

    DISPOSITION: PACU in satisfactory condition.

    PROCEDURE: After adequate general anesthesia was established, the
    patient was carefully placed in left lateral decubitus position
    supported by the pegboard system. All bony prominences were padded,
    axillary roll was used. Prep was ChloraPrep. The leg was draped
    free. Iodophor was used on all skin surfaces in a sandwich technique.
    Old incision was opened. There was obvious collection of purulent
    material. This was evacuated. Pulse lavage fluid 4 L was used while
    debridement was performed. Bleeding points electrocoagulated as
    encountered. The fascia appeared intact. Based on the aggressive
    nature of the bacteria, decision was made after cleansing of the
    superficial compartment to enter into the joint. Upon entering though
    there was obvious collection of cloudy fluid, this was sent for
    culture. The fibrinous exudate was removed. Pulse lavage was again
    used extensively on all surfaces. Hip was dislocated and removed
    without injury to the trunnion. The plastic was removed without
    incident. The irrigation was aggressively performed around all
    hardware. A new liner was placed after completion of the irrigation
    and debridement. New head was placed, reduction was performed.
    Sciatic nerve was explored and noted to be free throughout its course
    except for a some encasement and scar posterior to the joint, there
    was none involved with the cable. The short external rotators
    returned to the greater trochanter with #1 PDS, fascial lata closed
    with #1 PDS, subcu with #1 PDS, and skin with 3-0 Prolene. Two 1/4-
    inch Hemovac drains were used, one from deep and one from superficial.
    The ChloraPrep, Xeroform, and minimal taping with Medipore tape was
    performed in view of the patient's skin fragility. The patient was
    placed on abduction wedge, awakened without incident and transferred
    to gurney to PACU in satisfactory condition. Sponge, needle, and
    instrument count was correct at the end of the case.

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    Please correct me if I am wrong. However, after reviewing the documentation and components used in the procedure. I would suggest reviewing CPT code 27134 (Revision total hip arthroplasty) with the use of modifier 52 (reduced services) due to the fact that part of the acetabular component was used; "the liner".

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    Quote Originally Posted by DCoburn View Post
    Please correct me if I am wrong. However, after reviewing the documentation and components used in the procedure. I would suggest reviewing CPT code 27134 (Revision total hip arthroplasty) with the use of modifier 52 (reduced services) due to the fact that part of the acetabular component was used; "the liner".
    I agree....

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