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Tip: Understand the surgical treatment of a dislocating patella

Ambulatory Surgery Reimbursement Update, April 28, 2008

When the patient has a chronically dislocating patella, the reconstruction procedures for correction of that condition are in the 27420-27424 section codes of the 2008 CPT Manual.

  • Use code 27420 for the reconstruction of a dislocating patella (also referred to as the Hauser procedure)
  • Use code 27422 for a reconstruction of a dislocating patella when the physician performs an extensor realignment and/or muscle advancement/release (also referred to as the Campbell or Goldwaite procedures)
  • Use code 27424 when the physician performs a reconstruction of a dislocating patella procedure with a patellectomy

This tip is brought to you by Ellis Medical Consulting, Inc.

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