AHA Coding Clinic® for ICD-9 - 2009 Issue 3; Ask the Editor

Versajet Debridement

A patient with a stage III sacral pressure ulcer undergoes a Versajet debridement which includes skin, subcutaneous fat and muscle. Previous Coding Clinic advice published on Versajet debridement assigned code 86.28, Nonexcisional debridement of wound, infection, or burn, for the Versajet debridement of skin and subcutaneous tissue. Are all debridements performed with the Versajet considered "nonexcisional"? What is the appropriate procedure code assignment in this case? ...

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