AMA CPT® Assistant - 2000 Issue 11 (November)

Digestive System (November 2000)

November 2000 page 11-end Coding Consultation Digestive System, Surgery, 49905 (Q&A) Question We understand that code 49905 is an add-on code and must be used in addition to a primary procedure. The code descriptor reads "for repair of sternal or chest wall defects." Does this mean that the flap cannot be used to repair other defects, such as defects left after total cystectomy with neobladder reconstruction? AMA Comment Code 49905, Omental flap (eg, for reconstruction of sternal and chest wall defects) (List separately in addition to code for primary procedure), is designated as an add-on code, so...

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