AHA Coding Clinic® for ICD-9 - 2009 Issue 2; Ask the Editor

Iatrogenic Greater Trochanteric Fracture Occurring During Arthroplasty

A 46-year-old man who was status-post multiple orthopedic procedures following a motor vehicle accident was admitted for elective arthroplasty due to post-traumatic hip arthritis. The patient underwent total hip replacement and the surgery was complicated by an avulsion fracture of the posterior lateral region of the proximal femur. The documentation describes the fracture as an iatrogenic greater trochanteric fracture. What are the appropriate code assignments for this case? ...

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