JUly 2016

Genicular Nerve of the Knee

A genicular nerve block or radio-frequency ablation is a procedure that is now being commonly performed in the ASC setting for the treatment of osteoarthritis and/or knee pain. The genicular nerves are various articular branches of other nerves that surround the knee joint. Although there are a number of genicular nerves the target areas for treatment are the superior medial and lateral along with the inferior medial genicular sites.

Based on information from AMA’s CPT Assistant, it does not matter how many nerves are treated the CPT code would only be reported one time. So for injection procedures, you would report 64450 one time even if injections were given at the three sites specified above. The same holds true for radio-frequency ablation – you should only report CPT code 64640 one time.


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