AHA Coding Clinic® for ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS - 2015 Issue 1; Ask the Editor

Reverse Total Shoulder Arthroplasty

A patient was admitted for right shoulder arthroplasty. A reverse total shoulder arthroplasty was performed, the rotator cuff was repaired, and the biceps tendon was tenodesed and secured with sutures. To achieve additional external rotation strength, the latissimus muscle was harvested and transferred around the humerus and secured to the greater tuberosity. Are the rotator cuff repair, tenodesis and latissimus dorsi transfer inherent to the arthroplasty, or should these procedures be coded separately? ...

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