AMA CPT® Assistant - 1999 Issue 12 (December)

Musculoskeletal System, 11043, 13132, 26418 (Q&A) (December 1999)

December 1999 page 10c Coding Consultation Musculoskeletal System, 11043 (Q&A) Question A patient sustains a severe injury resulting in a markedly contaminated deep jagged laceration of a phalanx with complete transection of an extensor tendon. The surgeon extensively debrides all the different layers of the wound (skin, subcutaneous tissue, and muscle) and sutures the extensor tendon. A 3.0 cm complex wound repair is also performed. What are the appropriate codes for reporting the procedures performed? AMA Comment In order to appropriately code for the procedures performed, it is necessary to review the Repair (Closure) guidelines in CPT...

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