Coding for Knee Arthroscopy and Chondroplasty

Guideline changes related to chondroplasty and meniscectomy procedures

Mary LeGrand, RN, MA, CCS-P, CPC

The definition of a chondroplasty, reported with CPT code 29877 (“Arthroscopy, knee, surgical; debridement/shaving of articular cartilage [chondroplasty]”), did not change in 2012. What did change is the guideline instruction referring the physician and coding staff to CPT code 29880 and 29881 when a chondroplasty is performed with a meniscectomy (29880 or 29881). So, the ultimate change for 2012 is not with the chondroplasty CPT code but with the meniscectomy CPT codes.

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