Medical Coding 1 CH 5-Notes/Arthroscopy

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Benefit of arthroscopic surgery

Incisions are smaller which decreased the risk of infection and speeds recovery time.

Where are the arthroscopy codes located?

Separately, at the end of the Musculoskeletal subsection. If multiple procedures are performed through a scope used modifier -51 to report the procedures.

In arthroscopic procedures, is it applicable to code multiple procedures in different compartment in the joint area?

Yes

Codes in the Endoscopy/Arthroscopy subsection are divided how?

According to body area, then according to the type and extent of procedure performed (diagnostic or surgical). A diagnostic arthroscopy is always included in a surgical arthroscopy.

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