Meniscal Trephination

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May 15, 2014

Question:

Our surgeon recently documented that he performed a trephination procedure on the meniscus to treat meniscal pathology. Is this coded as a meniscectomy or a meniscal repair?

Answer:

The procedure will be reported with an unlisted code. Report 27599 if an open approach is performed; report 29999 if the procedure is performed arthroscopically.