AMA CPT® Assistant - 1996 Issue 12 (December)

Coding for the Treatment of Bunion Deformities (December 1996)

December 1996 pages 5-7 Coding Communication Coding for the Treatment of Bunion Deformities Hallux valgus (bunion), a common forefoot deformity comprising medial deviation and axial rotation of the first metatarsophalangeal (MTP) joint, causes pain, difficulty with normal shoe wear, and loss of the biomechanical integrity of the forefoot in locomotion. With over 100 procedures described, coding for bunionectomy and its associated deformities can be challenging. How Bunions Develop Development of bunion deformity may be influenced by extrinsic causes, such as shoes, that result in constriction or compression of the forefoot. In addition, as the height of the heel rises...

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