AMA CPT® Assistant - 2007 Issue 10 (October)

Surgery: Integumentary System (October 2007)

October 2007 page 15-end Coding Communication:Surgery: Integumentary System Question How do we code primary surgical debridement of the Achilles tendon? The operative report says the tendon is chronically infected following a prior tendon reconstruction. Nonviable and necrotic portions were debrided and old suture material removed. Is it appropriate to report CPT code 11043, Debridement; skin, subcutaneous tissue, and muscle? AMA Comment From a CPT coding perspective and as stated in Principles of CPT Coding 4th Edition, page 126: "Debridement is defined by Stedman's Medical Dictionary, 27th edition, as 'excision of devitalized tissue and foreign matter from a wound."...

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