What is arthroscopic debridement of the shoulder?

What is arthroscopic debridement of the shoulder?

Debridement involves removing loose fragments of tendon, thickened bursa, and other debris from around the shoulder joint. By clearing damaged tissue from the region of the shoulder joint, it helps the doctor to see the extent of the injury and determine whether you need more surgery.

Does CPT code 29827 include debridement?

If extensive debridement (CPT 29823) is performed in a different area of the same shoulder with one of the following arthroscopic shoulder procedures, it may be reported separately: CPT 29827 – Arthroscopic rotator cuff repair.

What is the CPT code for shoulder arthroscopy?

Arthroscopic rotator cuff repair is code 29827 (Arthroscopy, shoulder, surgical, with rotator cuff repair).

Can 29822 and 29823 be billed together?

CPT codes 29822 or 29823 are not reportable with other arthroscopic shoulder procedures on the same shoulder, same session. *This response is based on the best information available as of .

Is shoulder debridement painful?

After Extensive Debridement Shoulder Surgery, some pain, tenderness, and stiffness are normal. You should be alert for certain signs and symptoms that may suggest the development of complications.

What can you not do after shoulder arthroscopy?

You should not do any reaching, lifting, pushing, or pulling with your shoulder during the first six weeks after surgery. You should not reach behind your back with the operative arm. You may remove your arm from the sling to bend and straighten your elbow and to move your fingers several times a day.

Can CPT 29827 and 29825 be billed together?

We are having a debate in our office we hope you can help unravel. We want to report CPT code 29827 and 29825 together but our Coding Companion states that they are inclusive to each other and are bundled.

Is biceps tenotomy included in rotator cuff repair CPT?

New. I know that Arthroscopic Biceps Tenotomy is coded as CPT 29822 (limited debridement). The surgeon also performed Arthroscopic Rotator Cuff Repair, AC joint resection and Subacromial decompression & acromioplasty.

Can 29827 and 29828 be billed together?

You can bill 29827 & 29828 together as there is no edit that prohibits it. In 2017 CMS stated in the NCCI Surgical Policy Manual that the shoulder is considered “one anatomical” unit or location. As such, when billing Medicare or any insurance that follows their rules, you cannot bill any coding pair that hits an edit.

How long does shoulder debridement last?

Debridement or decompression (i.e. cleanup or “rotor-rooter’) type surgeries of the shoulder can take roughly 8-12 weeks to return to full age appropriate activities. It can be 16-36 weeks for a full recovery from a decompression surgery.

How long does a shoulder debridement take?

Arthroscopic debridement of a rotator cuff tear typically takes one to two hours to perform. You will either be put under general anesthesia or have your arm numbed with a regional anesthesia that is injected into your shoulder.