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    I have a report the surgeon is removing a hip replacement SCREW & replacing it with a NAIL or shorter SCREW. He made 2 incisions to remove the screw.1. What CPT code would you use?

    I came up with 20680 for the removal. I read that, it is per incision not per the amount of screws or plates removed. Therefore I would code 20680, 20680 59 (2 incisions)

    I can't find a code for replacing the new nail or screw. 2. What CPT code would you use, is any?

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    Quote Originally Posted by KARENREED View Post
    I have a report the surgeon is removing a hip replacement SCREW & replacing it with a NAIL or shorter SCREW. He made 2 incisions to remove the screw.1. What CPT code would you use?

    I came up with 20680 for the removal. I read that, it is per incision not per the amount of screws or plates removed. Therefore I would code 20680, 20680 59 (2 incisions)

    I can't find a code for replacing the new nail or screw. 2. What CPT code would you use, is any?
    you cannot charge 20680 twice for same screw.

    I would use an unlisted code for "hardware exchange"...find comparable price

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