Coding, Classification and Reimbursement

Wound Dehiscense Repair CPT question

  • 1.  Wound Dehiscense Repair CPT question

    Posted 12-28-2018 17:11
    ​The patient had a lip adhesion procedure done that dehisced.   The dehiscence  was repaired with the same lip adhesion repair (the original procedure).   Is the coding for the dehiscence repair the lip adhesion procedure code (unlisted code) or the complex wound dehiscence repair.

    Please include your rationale for the code you select.

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    Leslie Ross
    Manager, Coding and Record Completion
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  • 2.  RE: Wound Dehiscense Repair CPT question

    Posted 12-28-2018 19:19
    Edited by Cristina Co 12-28-2018 19:36

    It sounds like a "redo" to me since the original procedure had to be performed to treat the "dehiscence."  The procedure does not appear to describe re-closing the incision that has opened up. 



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    Cristina Co
    Facility Outpatient Coder
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