AMA CPT® Assistant - 2019 Issue 4 (April)

Surgery: Musculoskeletal System (Q&A) (April 2019)

April 2019 page 10a Surgery: Musculoskeletal System Question: A physician performed a medial parapatellar arthrotomy, retracting the patella over enough to visualize the central chondral defect of the trochlea. Using continuous irrigation, a microfracture using a power pick device was performed. The holes were spaced 2 to 3 mm apart. At this point, peripheral blood was obtained and spun in a centrifuge, and platelet-rich plasma (PRP) was transferred to the back table. One cc of PRP and 1 cc of injectable allograft cartilage paste was mixed. The mixture was then implanted into the cartilage defect. Would it be appropriate...

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