AHA Coding Clinic® for HCPCS - 2010 Issue 4; ASK the EDITOR

Detached retinaculum repair

A patient is seen at our facility for a complete detached quadriceps tendon and bilateral detached retinaculum repair. The quadriceps tendon was repaired in a Bunnell type fashion with wire and separate sutures. Drill holes were made in the patella, the wire was tied and the appropriate tension was achieved. The retinaculum was also repaired with sutures in the figure-of-eight pattern. What is the appropriate CPT code assignment for this procedure? Would CPT code 27599 be an appropriate code assignment? ...

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