27301 or 11042

Is this op note telling me he went into the joint?
Patient's right lower extremity was then prepped and draped in sterile
manner, after which an incision made over the anterior aspect of the knee.
Dissection was carried down through the subcutaneous tissue.  Cultures were then
obtained.  The wound was then copiously irrigated.  It tracked along the medial
aspect of the knee joint, however, this was all extracapsular.  There was no
communication with the intra-articular portion of the knee joint.  The knee was
once again copiously irrigated.  Drain was then placed in thesubcutaneous
tissues.  The incision were then closed utilizing a combination of 2-0 Vicryl
suture as well as skin clips.  A sterile dressing was placed to the patient's
Thank you,


  • Not in the joint, the statement no communication with the intra-articular portion identifies not in the joint.
  • That what was confusing me. Thank you so much. 
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