AMA CPT® Assistant - 2011 Issue 6 (June)

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

June 2011 page 13a Surgery: Musculoskeletal System Question: Is it appropriate to report CPT codes 26040 and 26045 more than once per hand during the same surgical session? If these codes can be reported more than once per hand, can the codes be reported once per finger affected? Answer: Code 26040, Fasciotomy, palmar (eg, Dupuytren's contracture); percutaneous, is reported for a palmar percutaneous fasciotomy. This code is be reported only once per hand. Procedurally, multiple fascial releases in the fingers could result in severing the digital nerves and probably would not be performed. Code 26045 would also not be...

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