AMA CPT® Assistant - 2009 Issue 9 (September)

Surgery/Musculoskeletal System (September 2009)

September 2009 page 11a Surgery: Musculoskeletal Sysem, 27685, 27686 (Q&A) Question: In the same leg, a total of three tendons are lengthened via two separate incisions—one tendon through one incision and two tendons in a separate incision. How is this reported? Answer: Since there are three tendons lengthened via two separate incisions, CPT code 27686, Lengthening or shortening of tendon, leg or ankle; multiple tendons (through same incision), each, should be reported twice for the tendons lengthened through one incision, and code 27685, Lengthening or shortening of tendon, leg or ankle; single tendon (separate procedure), should be...

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