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    Default Sternal Wire Removal

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    Hello everyone - I am in need of assistance of a code for sternal wire removal (four years post op CABG). Op notes state "incision was made thru the skin and subcutaneous tissue. The offending underlying wire was identified and removed. A wire just above this was also removed, no signs of infection"

    DX: painful sternal wire

    I found 20670 but I am really questioning it being this code is in the musculoskeletal system???

    Any comments are greatly appreciated.


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    I was thinking 20670 or 20680...depends on how deep it was.

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    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Lincoln, NE


    I use 20670 for sternal wire removal.

    Julie, CPC

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    I used 20670
    adrianne, cpc

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