AMA CPT® Assistant - 1999 Issue 10 (October)

Coding for External Fixation (October 1999)

October 1999 pages 4-7 Coding Communication Coding for External Fixation External fixation utilizes multiple pins placed through one cortex or both cortices of bone, above and below a fracture site. These pins are held by an external device, called an external fixator device. This external fixator is used as an alternative to pins and plaster to hold the bone fragments in proper position. Pins and plaster also continue to be used in certain clinical situations. External fixation is based on the principle of "load transference." Forces that are normally transmitted through the fracture site are bypassed through the...

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