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FB vs removal of implant

  1. #1
    Modesto, CA; Central Valley Chapter
    Question FB vs removal of implant
    Medical Coding Books

    Surgeon removed proximal interlock screw from tibia.

    He is coding 27372 FB removal.

    I get 20680 removal of implant.

    Which is correct?

    Tina Crummett, CPC

  2. #2
    Default Certified Professional Coder
    You would use 20680 in this instance. Your dx should be 996.4X.

    Judith L. Doss, CPC
    OAD Orthopaedics

  3. #3
    Smile 20680
    A screw is a screw is screw and it's hardware removal unless the patient swallowed it!

  4. #4
    Lewiston, Maine
    Report is as the 20680.
    Catherine Nolin, CCS, CPC, CGSC

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