AMA CPT® Assistant - 2011 Issue 5 (May)

Coding Consultation: Traumatic Complex Wound Repair (May 2011)

May 2011 page 6 Coding Consultation: Traumatic Complex Wound Repair The repair of wounds by utilizing sutures, staples, or tissue adhesives may be classified as simple, intermediate, or complex as described in the CPT 2011 codebook. This article will focus on complex wound repairs. CPT 2011 defines a complex repair as one which "includes the repair of wounds requiring more than layered closure, viz., scar revision, debridement (eg, traumatic lacerations or avulsions), extensive undermining, stents or retention sutures. Necessary preparation includes creation of a limited defect for repairs or the debridement of complicated lacerations or avulsions." A complex...

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