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    Default Ortho hand coders please help!

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    I am really struggling with a code for the following procedure (this is the second surgery, first was CMC LRTI)
    Dx: Bow stringing of the extensor tendon from the extensor retinaculum
    Procedure: Extensor tendon retinaculum reconstruction with thigh fasica lata autograft

    Proximal thigh, made incision to the fascial layer, cleared with Cobb elevator and removed a rectangular piece of retinaculum 3cm by 2cm wide. After this was harvested, I placed some closing suture. We then brought that over and opened the incision on the dorsum of the wrist that had been used for incision many years ago, swung the extensor tendons to the side, identified some thick fascia paratenon that we could use on each side of the extensor tendons to secure this down so it was secured on the ulnar side, passed over the top of the extensor tendons, and secured on the radial side. We had good full thickness skin flaps that were used to cover over the top.

    I would really appreciate any help! Thank you!!

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    My hand surgeon has used 25275 for extensor retinaculum reconstruction....

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    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Greater Pittsburgh


    Wouldn't it be 25337 for 2ndry sx?
    jdemar, CPC, CMA

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    Thanks for your help! I think that 25275 is just what I was looking for. I did not make my question very clear...this was the second procedure performed on the same day so it would not be considered a secondary repair. Thank you again!

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