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    Default Help with code - I need help finding a code

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    I need help finding a code for Open Gluteus Medius Repair. Any suggestions?
    Last edited by ank3t; 10-06-2016 at 05:03 AM.

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    Default Gluteus Medius Repair

    You really need the op report to answer this question, but I can lead you in the right direction.
    What type of injury? Was it a tendon tear?, Was it traumatic or degenerative? Was it full-thickness (rupture)? The Gluteus medius is located at the outer part of the hip and functions as a hip abductor and internal rotation of the thigh while keeping the pelvis level during ambulation. If this was a tear, it often occurs at it tendinous insertion onto the greater trochanter of the femur bone.

    So, I would take a look at codes located under Pelvis and Hip Joint (Incision)
    27000 - 27036 and under Repair, Revision and/or Reconstruction code 27098 -27111 depending on what repair procedure the surgeon performed.

    Examples of Repairs: One repair is when the surgeon reattaches the gluteus medius tendon onto the greater trochanter with sutures. Another repair can be done by graft.

    Hope this is helpful...
    Last edited by TonyaMichelle; 11-18-2011 at 09:31 AM.

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