AMA CPT® Assistant - 2005 Issue 8 (August)

Reporting Breast Reconstruction Codes (August 2005)

August 2005 pages 1-3 Reporting Breast Reconstruction Codes To complement our April 2005 update focusing on new breast excision guidelines and in response to reader requests, we present a review of the breast reconstruction codes, applicable global concepts, and the elements inclusive of breast reconstruction codes. Introduction Breast reconstruction is a surgical procedure designed to recreate a breast mound following a mastectomy performed to treat cancer or other disease, or a mastectomy performed for prophylactic purposes. Reconstruction can be accomplished by using a prosthesis (implant) or the patient's own (autogenous) tissue, such as a flap of muscle with or...

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