Anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction coding

Usually along with anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction some other knee arthroscopic procedures are also done. Here is one such example with codes


1. Right anterior cruciate ligament tear.

2. Medial meniscus tear.


1. Right knee anterior cruciate ligament tear.

2. Medial meniscus tear bucket handle.

3. Chondmmalacia grade 3 to grade 4 lateral femoral condyle.


1. Anterior cruiciate ligament reconstruction with a bone-patellar tendon-bone


2. Arthroscopic partial medial meniscectomy.

3. Arthroscopic abrasion arthroplasty and chondmplasty of the lateral femoral condyle.

Here are the appropriate codes for these scenario:

Dx       Code         Description 

1        844.2        Sprain/Strain Cruciate Ligament Knee

2        836.0        Current Tear Medial Cartilage/Meniscus Knee

3        717.7        Chondromalacia of Patella

4        E928.9       Unspecified Accident

5        E849.9       Accident Occurring in Recreational/Sport Place

6        E029.9       Activities Involving Basketball

CPT      Code         Description                          Modifier      

1        29888        ACL Reconstruction               RT       

2        29879        Arthro Abr Chondroplasty      51,RT    

3        29881        Arthro Menisectomy M Or L  51,RT
ICD      Code       Description           

1        81.45        Repair Of Cruciate Ligament NEC

2        80.26        Arthroscopy Knee

3        81.47        Repair Of Knee NEC (Chondroplasaty)

4        80.6         Excision of Semilunar Cartilage (Menisectomy)

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