AMA CPT® Assistant - 2009 Issue 8 (August)

Surgery/Musculoskeletal System (August 2009)

August 2009 page 11a Surgery: Musculoskeletal System, 29873 (Q&A) Question: In arthroscopic knee surgery, the knee is subdivided into the following three compartments: medial, lateral, and patello-femoral. From a CPT coding perspective, which knee compartment is a surgeon working in when performing an arthroscopic lateral retinacular release, code 29873, Arthroscopy, knee, surgical; with lateral release? Answer: Arthroscopy with lateral release, as described by code 29873, is performed in the patellofemoral compartment. Surgery: Musculoskeletal System, 29873 (Q&A). CPT® Assistant. 2009; August 2009 page 11a ...

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