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Calcific tendinitis with rotator cuff repair

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    Default Calcific tendinitis with rotator cuff repair
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    I'm hoping to get some official coding guidelines on this question because I'm seeing this situation more and more often.

    The doctor is doing arthroscopic debridement of a calcific rotator tendon. There is no tear in the cuff, but after debridement there is a defect caused by the debridement that needs repair. The doctor wants to code both the debridement and the repair.

    I have feedback from a very good resource that only the debridement should be coded because the defect was a result of the surgical approach to remove the calcium.

    I'd appreciate as much feedback on this as possible with any official guidelines as back up.


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    Manhattan, NY
    Which CPTs are you planning on using?

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    For debridement, 29823.

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