Coding for hammertoe correction and sesamoid planing separately can be complicated enough, but when the podiatrist has to combine the procedures, it can leave even the most experienced coders bewildered.
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The podiatrist at a practice sees a patient -- with history of chronic sesamoiditis (733.99) of the right metatarsophalangeal joint and hammertoe (right third and fourth toes) -- for hammertoe correction and sesamoid planing of the metatarsophalangeal joint. The operative report indicates that only 40-50 percent of the sesamoid bone was removed. What should you report?
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