What is the CPT code for arthroscopy knee?

CPT Code: 29888

CPT Code: 29888 Anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction (ACL reconstruction) is a surgical tissue graft replacement of the anterior cruciate ligament, located in the knee, to restore its function after anterior cruciate ligament injury. The surgery is performed arthroscopically.

Also, does CPT code 29888 include graft? Harvesting and inserting the graft is included in code 29888, regardless of whether the graft is a patellar tendon or a hamstring tendon. The rules for using the bone harvesting codes (20900, 20902) and the codes for harvesting other grafts are often misunderstood.

Also asked, what is the difference between CPT code 29880 and 29881?

By definition, 29880 reports meniscectomy in both the medial and lateral compartments, while 29881 defines a meniscectomy in either the medial or lateral compartment. The meniscal repair code definitions do not include chondroplasty, which may be separately reported when performed in a separate compartment.

Can CPT codes 29881 and 29875 be billed together?

The lateral synovectomy, CPT 29875, is inclusive in the lateral meniscectomy procedure reported with CPT 29881. Only the medial compartment will have a final synovectomy reporting of CPT 29875.

Can 29880 and 29876 be billed together?

Code 29880 was performed in two compartments. Based upon the code description for code 29876 the procedure has to be performed on 2 or more compartments to be billed. Because code 29880 was performed in the same compartments as 29876, the documentation does not support billing code 29876 with modifier 59.

What is a meniscectomy?

Meniscectomy is the surgical removal of all or part of a torn meniscus. A meniscus tear is a common knee joint injury. Surgeons who perform meniscectomies (orthopedic surgeons) will make surgical decisions based on the meniscus’s ability to heal as well as your age, health, and activity level.

How big is an ACL?

From its femoral attachment, the ACL runs anteriorly, medially, and distally to the tibia. Its length ranges from 22 to 41 mm (mean, 32 mm) and its width from 7 to 12 mm.

What is Chondroplasty of the knee?

A chondroplasty is an outpatient procedure used to repair a small area of damaged cartilage in the knee. The damaged tissue is removed, allowing healthy cartilage to grow in its place.

What is a synovectomy of the knee?

Synovectomy refers to the destruction or surgical removal of the membrane (synovium) that lines a joint. As the largest articulation and the one most frequently affected by chronic inflammation, the knee is the joint most often selected for synovectomy.

Which two are possible sources for an ACL graft?

Historically, there have been three basic choices for sources of ACL graft, i.e.- the type of substance used to rebuild the ACL: autograft, “self-graft”, tissue from the same patient, allograft, tissue from a donor, or cadaver source, and synthetics, popular in the 1980’s, but no longer used due to high failure rates.

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What is articular cartilage?

Articular cartilage is the smooth, white tissue that covers the ends of bones where they come together to form joints. Healthy cartilage in our joints makes it easier to move. It allows the bones to glide over each other with very little friction. Articular cartilage can be damaged by injury or normal wear and tear.

How are ambulance modifiers used?

Modifiers identifying the place of origin and destination of the ambulance trip must be submitted on all ambulance claims. The modifier is to be placed next to the Health Care Procedure Coding System code billed. Origin and destination modifiers used for ambulance services are created by combining two alpha characters.

What is the CPT code for bone grafting?

I added CPT code 20902 after reviewing the operative note, because the surgeon obtained the bone graft from a distant site via a separate incision.