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Knee Scope

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    patient had open laceration knee dislocation w/ road rash due to motorcycle accident
    doc did scope to eval knee joint, flushed with saline to egress capsule out of knee joint which was due to open laceration/dislocation, this is all he did w/ scope.

    would you code 29871 or just 29870?

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    I would need to see the op note to give you the correct cpt code.

    Thanks, Connie

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    going by the information you provided it sounds like 29871, there was no biopsy
    Angelica Stephens RHIT, CPMA, COSC, CCS-P, CPC, COC.
    Albuquerque, NM

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    The op note reads:

    "I made anterolateral portal and inserted cannula into this protal and then flushed the knee out with 6L of normal saline, this was able to egress out the capsular defect medially"

    he then closed - no biopsy- nothing else in there.

    thank you !!

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    Quote Originally Posted by PLAIDMAN View Post
    The op note reads:

    "I made anterolateral portal and inserted cannula into this protal and then flushed the knee out with 6L of normal saline, this was able to egress out the capsular defect medially"

    he then closed - no biopsy- nothing else in there.

    thank you !!
    I would go with 29871

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