AMA CPT® Assistant - 2013 Issue 10 (October)

Surgery: Musculoskeletal System (Q&A) (October 2013)

October 2013 page 18 Surgery: Musculoskeletal System Question: For coding purposes, to which compartment of the knee do the medial and lateral gutters and recesses belong? For example, if loose bodies are removed from the medial gutter and a medial meniscectomy is performed, are these procedures considered as performed in the same compartment? Answer: The gutters are part of the medial or lateral compartment, not the patellofemoral compartment. Therefore, it would not be appropriate to separately report loose body removal in the medial gutter along with a medial meniscectomy. Question: What is the appropriate code to report corrective surgery...

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