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    First Hill, Seattle WA

    Default Pulling out nails

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    Does any one have any suggestion on what procedural code can be used if the doctor pulled out a damaged toe nail? No cutting involved.
    Jeannie Ryder, CPC, CEMC
    AHIMA-Approved ICD-10-CM/PCS Trainer

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    11750 Excision of nail plate and Matrix-Partial
    11752 " " complete

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    Apr 2007
    North Carolina



    Part or all of one nail plate is removed or avulsed in this procedure, which may require local anesthesia. For total nail avulsion, an elevator is placed under the proximal nail fold and pushed in a back and forth motion to separate it totally from the underlying nail plate. The elevator is removed and then inserted under the proximal end of the nail using a similar action to separate it from the nail bed. The loosened nail is lifted, one end is grasped with a hemostat, and, using a side-to-side rolling action, the nail is removed.

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    Smile Cpc

    I agree with Rebecca. Avulsion does not involve exicision. 11730 is the correct code and 11732 for each add'l nail plate. It's usually used with injured nails.


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