AAPC - Back to school
Results 1 to 2 of 2

Thread: Thenar Space I & D

  1. #1

    Default Thenar Space I & D

    AAPC: Back to School
    Is the thenar space part of the hand bursa? Our Dr. did an I&D on it and I am not sure how to code this since the physician does not mention dorsum or palmar.




    DX: Infection RT Hand and thenar space
    OPERATION: I & D abscess of the right hand

    DETAIL: Incision was done over the middle of the abscess cavity. It seemed to have a little bit proximally, we explored down to the depth of the abscess cavity. I probed in every direction, but it was noticeable after we first cut the discharge of pus. It appeared to be under pressure and lot of the swelling went down, his hand looked better. The color returned to pretty much normal. I felt that we were dealing with a localized abscess. After this was washed out at length. I was able to get only a little bit more fluid but it was unable to milk the purulent material from distally to the wound or from proximally to the wound. I felt that we had drained the abscess adequately. Once suture was inserted, after we put in a Penrose drain.

    At the end of the procedure as we were taking the drapes down, it was noted that there was an indurated reddened area on his upper arm possible abscess cavity and since he was asleep I felt we shoulder try to prove this one way, so an 18 needle was inserted into this cavity and just a little bit of clear fluid returned. It did not appear to be infected.

  2. #2

    Default Second Request...

    Can anyone pleaes help?

Similar Threads

  1. Thenar Flap help
    By writecode in forum Plastic Surgery
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 03-15-2013, 07:51 PM
  2. Rented Space
    By jbarone in forum Medical Coding General Discussion
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 08-29-2011, 06:30 PM
  3. biopsy right carotid space and right parotid space.
    By Shirleybala in forum Interventional Radiology
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 05-11-2009, 01:09 AM
  4. Thenar graft
    By coderguy1939 in forum Orthopaedics
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: 03-17-2009, 08:24 AM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts

Enjoying Our Forums?

AAPC forums are a benefit of membership. Joining AAPC grants you unlimited access, allowing you to post questions and participate with our community of over 150,000 professionals.

Join Now Continue Reading Without Full Access

Already a Member?


Close Message

In addition to full participation on AAPC forums, as a member you will be able to:

  • Access to the largest healthcare job database in the world.
  • Join over 150,000 members of the healthcare network in the world.
  • Be a part of an industry leading organization that drives the business side of healthcare.
  • Save anywhere from 10%-50% with exclusive member discounts on courses, books, study materials, and conferences.
  • Access to discounts at hundreds of restaurants, travel destinations, retail stores, and service providers. AAPC members also have opportunities to save on heath, life, and liability insurance.
  • Become a member of a local chapter and attend regular meetings.