Partial Synovectomy with Other Knee Procedures

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Question:

Our surgeon performed lateral compartment meniscectomy and a medial compartment synovectomy indicating that both procedures were performed in different compartments of the knee. We billed CPT 29875 in addition to CPT code 29881 and received a denial as inclusive. Is this correct?

Answer:

Yes. Code 29875, which describes limited synovectomy, has a separate procedure designation. As such, CPT code 29875 is reportable if it is the only procedure performed on the knee. Click here to refer to the AAOS Now article published in January 2013 to stay up to date on coding arthroscopic knee procedures like this. You may also plan to attend an AAOS sponsored coding course where topics such as this are covered in detailed.