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modifier for procedure after surgery?

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    Default modifier for procedure after surgery?
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    Patient has a total knee. Comes in for effusion of that knee in the global period. Does the Aspiration get a 58 or a 78?

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    I would say modiifer 78 if he was returned to the OR for this; since it was not planned or staged for the patient to develop an effusion I would not use modifier 58.

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