AHA Coding Clinic® for ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS - 2016 Issue 3; Ask the Editor

VersaJet™ Nonexcisional Debridement of Leg Muscle

A patient with a large pressure ulcer of the right lower leg presents for debridement. The patient had a lot of necrotic material which was easily removed with a wet lap. Once the necrotic tissue was removed, a VersaJet™ was used to debride the area down to healthy muscle tissue, removing necrotic muscle tissue. There is no index entry for muscle under extraction or a table for “extraction” in the Muscle section of ICD-10-PCS. What is the appropriate ICD-10-PCS code for Versajet™ debridement of muscle of the lower leg? ...

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