AHA Coding Clinic® for ICD-9 - 2009 Issue 4; Volume 3 New/Revised Codes

Arthrotomy for Removal of Prosthesis Without Replacement

Effective October 1, 2009, the code titles for codes 80.00 through 80.09 have been revised to indicate that these codes should only be assigned when a joint prosthesis is removed and is not replaced with a new prosthesis. It would be incorrect to assign these codes if a new prosthesis is inserted to replace the prosthesis being removed (during the same operation). The presence of an infection may preclude the joint prosthesis replacement and therefore, only removal of the infected original prosthesis may take place. Revise code title 80.00 Arthrotomy for removal of prosthesis without replacement...

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