AMA CPT® Assistant - 1996 Issue 9 (September)
Surgery Integumentary, 19318, 19350 (Q&A) (September 1996)
September 1996 page 10a Coding Consultation Surgery Integumentary, 19318, 19350 (Q&A) Question In the August 1996 CPT Assistant Coding Consultation section, you answered a question concerning a reduction mammaplasty and grafting of the nipple-areolar complex. Your response has raised many questions in our office, will you please clarify it for us? AMA Comment Nipple-areolar preservation and repositioning in typical breast reduction surgery (reduction mammaplasty) is included in the global code, 19318, and is not coded separately. Nipple-areolar preservation whether by vascular pedicle or by free grafting is considered part of a reduction mammaplasty. However, in rare instances, when...
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