Orthopaedic surgery – minor amendment to item 49706

This page provides information on an amendment to MBS item 49706 for arthrotomy of the ankle joint.

Page last updated: 15 June 2023

From 1 July 2023, MBS item 49706 for arthrotomy of the ankle joint will be amended. This change is being made in response to feedback from key stakeholders during the early post-implementation review into the 1 July 2021 orthopaedic MBS item changes. This amendment restores appropriate access for patients in the absence of an infection, better aligning the items with modern clinical practice.

Further information is available in the following factsheet:
Word Version Factsheet for Arthrotomy changes (item 49706) (Word 120 KB)
PDF Version Factsheet for Arthrotomy changes (item 49706) (PDF 149 KB)