AHA Coding Clinic® for HCPCS - 2020 Issue 4; Ask the Editor

Retinaculum repair

A patient presented for a patella tendon and medial and lateral patellar retinaculum repairs due to a patellar tendon rupture. An incision was made and a complete patellar tendon rupture as well as a medial and lateral retinaculum tear were visualized. The devitalized tissue was debrided, a bur decorticated the inferior pole of the patella and medial and lateral anchors were drilled and placed. The tendon was then whipstitched and the anchors were secured. Once the repair was completed, the distal patella and proximal patellar tendon were reunited. The medial and lateral retinaculum were then repaired in figure-of eight-fashion. Next the patellar tendon repair was over sewn and the peritenon was repaired. What is the appropriate CPT code assignment for the medial and lateral retinaculum repair? ...

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