AMA CPT® Assistant - 2012 Issue 11 (November)

Surgery: Musculoskeletal System (Q&A) (November 2012)

November 2012 page 12b Surgery: Musculoskeletal System Question: An open reduction internal fixation of the extra-articular right distal radius fracture was performed (25607). A brachioradialis tendon release was also performed. Is the tendon release included in code 25607? Answer: Yes. CPT code 25607, Open treatment of distal radial extra-articular fracture or epiphyseal separation, with internal fixation, includes release of the brachioradialis tendon and fracture treatment with internal fixation. Question: The physician performed a patellar tendon repair (27420). Is it appropriate to also report code 27331 for the bony ossicle excisions? Answer: No. Code 27331, Arthrotomy, knee; including joint exploration...

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