Arthroscopic Excision of Distal Ulna


Our surgeon performed an arthroscopic excision of the distal ulna and wants to report the open procedure code. I am telling him that we must use an unlisted arthroscopic code. Can you advise us?


You are correct. There is no CPT code for the arthroscopic excision of the distal ulna. He can use the open code as a comparable code for setting the fees and obtaining precertification or preauthorization. It would be considered incorrect to code to use anything other than an unlisted arthroscopy code.