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Test Yourself: Total Knee Replacement (TKR) Coding

Posted on 20. Sep, 2009 by in Hot Coding Topics

Can you tackle an op note like this one we got our hands on? Relax. We help you break it down into 3 steps.

Although you may be accustomed to TKR op notes, an unusual case might send you into a panic. Take a deep breath, and we’ll have you breezing through the challenges that atypical TKR op notes present, like coding for a necrotic bone graft from a prior fixation.

First, Read the Op Note

Review the op report and code the procedure on your own. Then check out our expert advice below.

Preoperative diagnosis: Status post severe bicondylar proximal tibia fracture, and post open reduction internal fixation with bone grafting (failed).

Procedure overview: The surgeon scheduled a patient for hardware removal (from a tibia fracture), as well as a total knee replacement. When he opened the patient, he found it necessary to perform major deep hardware removal, tibial tubercle reconstruction, trabecular metal coil insertion,...

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