AMA CPT® Assistant - 2009 Issue 3 (March)

Surgery/Musculoskeletal System (March 2009)

March 2009 page 10a Surgery: Musculoskeletal System, 64718, 64719 (Q&A) Question: What is the proper code for an endoscopic cubital tunnel release? May code 64718, Neuroplasty and/or transposition; ulnar nerve at elbow or 64719, Neuroplasty and/or transposition; ulnar nerve at wrist, be reported to describe this procedure? Answer: No. While 64718 describes an open cubital tunnel release, there is no specific CPT code to describe endoscopic cubital tunnel release. It is not appropriate to report open surgical procedure code 64718 or 64719 for an endoscopic procedure as it is not acceptable to report a code for a procedure...

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