AHA Coding Clinic® for ICD-9 - 2013 Issue 2; Ask the Editor

Knee Joint Resurfacing

The surgeon identified this operation as Repicci II Knee Resurfacing. Based upon the title of the operative report, it appears that a knee repair (81.47) was performed. However, based upon the description of the surgery within the operative report it appears that a knee replacement (81.54) was performed. Would Repicci II Knee Resurfacing be considered a knee replacement or a knee repair? What is the appropriate procedure code assignment for this case? ...

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