AMA CPT® Assistant - 2011 Issue 3 (March)

Surgery: Musculoskeletal System (Q & A) (March 2011)

March 2011 page 9a Surgery: Musculoskeletal System Question: The surgeon describes an arthroscopic procedure of the knee wherein all compartments were visualized and probed using arthroscopic instruments. Upon removal of the instruments, the knee was manipulated to break up joint adhesions with significant improvement in the range of motion. The portal sites were closed. Is it appropriate to report codes 29870-59 and 27570 for this procedure, or should code 29884 be reported instead? Answer: Code 29884, Arthroscopy, knee, surgical; with lysis of adhesions, with or without manipulation (separate procedure), describes lysis of adhesions formed between the joint surfaces that...

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